Kids Chinese Podcast: Newsletter No.15
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Overview of Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is called Spring Festival or Lunar New Year. It is the most important and the longest holiday in China. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".
In China, instead of "Chinese New Year", people call it "Spring Festival," the literal translation of the Chinese name 春节(chūn jié), since the spring season in Chinese calendar starts. It marks the end of the winter season. The festival begins on the first day of the first month (正月; zhēng yuè) in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day.
Chinese New Year's Eve, a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, is known as Chúxī (除夕). On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes, 压岁钱(yā suì qián).
Within China, regional customs and traditions for the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. People buy presents, decoration, material, food, and clothing. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity".
The Chinese New Year tradition is to wish peace and happiness for everyone sincerely.
Kids Chinese Podcast continue adding more Level-2 Chinese lessons. We had the following 4 new lessons.
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新年快乐！（xīnnián kuàilè ）
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