Our computer class students put together a snazzy series of descriptions/explanations of Lunar New Year, often called Chinese New Year. Here’s one sample – and make sure to take the quiz afterwards to test your comprehension!
Chinese New Year
Fen Fen Liang
Chinese New Year is important for Chinese people. For Chinese New Year, there are a lot of things to celebrate. Before New Year’s Eve, we usually clean the house seriously. This symbolizes throwing away bad things from the last year and greeting good things in the coming year. After we clean the house, we usually paste many spring festival scrolls on the wall, in front of the door or anywhere we want to paste them. The words on the spring festival scrolls are wishes. Spring festival scrolls are red; red means luck.
I usually have New Year’s Eve dinner with my family. I have a big family, so my mother makes a lot of food for the dinner. Before we start to have the New Year’s Eve Dinner, we need to pray. During dinner we talk about many things, about jobs, kids, studies, the last year, the coming year and so on. After dinner we set off firecrackers, and we play cards or mahjong. Children get red envelopes from their older, married relatives. Some adults give red envelopes to their elders also, like their father, mother, grandfather or grandmother.
Chinese New Year is interesting. One, two or more lions dance together. The lions are not real lions, they are people in costume. This costume is to throw out bad luck. When the lions are coming you need to give them candy, oranges, lettuce and red envelopes. Children like the lion dances, firecrackers and red envelopes.
Here’s a video that’s a perfect illustration of monkeying around (which was last week’s Idiom of the Week). Incidentally, the monkeys in the video are macaques – which is what our favorite monkey, Sun Wukong, is!
2016 is the Year of the Monkey – specifically, the Fire Monkey. Read this short article about the Fire Monkey from Wikipedia, paying special attention to the bold words. All of these bold words are adjectives, some of them positive-sounding, some of them negative-sounding, some of them depending on the context. Do any of them describe you?
The Fire Monkey is the most activeand aggressiveof the Monkeys. Naturally dominant, he automatically gravitates towards leadership roles and is competitivein whatever he is doing. He will need to be carefulnot to let this overwhelm him and turn into toxicjealousy.
He also constantly strives to be in control of whatever situation he is in, which can become overbearing. The main drive for whatever he embarks on is to head straight for the top and stay there. However, when he is in charge of a situation, his people skills kick in and he does nurture those under his charge who need it.
With his Fire energy, this agile, impulsiveMonkey often leaps where angels fear to tread. This recklessbehavior sometimes turns out to not be to the Fire Monkey’s advantage. However, he is very creative, dynamicand has a particularly good talent at drawing people to him – this often helps him get out of scrapes. He’ll leap from tree to tree – whichever has the most fruit at the time – then find the quickest, cleverestescape before others get to him.
In general though, the Fire Monkey is flamboyantand charmingly friendly, and has a large social circle.
The Fire Monkey’s aggression needs to be channeled correctly to correctand positivedirections, or he risks become very destructiveand harmful. If the Fire Monkey could develop more patience, it would be good for him and those who work with him. The Fire Monkey also needs to think through his ideas before acting on them in order to safeguard his own interests.