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Title: CHINA


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CHINA
2
Fast Facts
  • Official Name Peoples Republic of China
  • Capital Beijing
  • Biggest City Shanghai
  • First Made in China Paper, fireworks, kites,
    yo-yos, the abacus, playing cards.

3
Money
  • The official currency of China is the yuan. 1
    yuan is worth about 15 cents in U.S. dollars. Or
    1.00 is about 7 yuan.

4
Chinese Calligraphy (written Chinese)
  • Fu - the Chinese word for 'luck
  • Spring

Fortune, Prosperity, Longevity, Happiness fu lu
shou xi
5
Chinese New Year
  • The Lunar New Year, also called the Spring
    Festival, is the most important holiday for the
    Chinese.
  • New Year's Day usually falls on the day of the
    second new moon after the winter solstice (first
    day of winter).
  • The New Year is celebrated with firecrackers,
    dragon dances and visits to friends and family.
    It lasts for 15 days and ends with the Lantern
    Festival.

6
Year of the Tiger
  • The Chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle
    with each year represented by an animal. February
    14, 2010 marks the start of the Year of the Tiger.

7
Customs
  • The entire house should be cleaned before New
    Year's Day. Sweeping or dusting should not be
    done on New Year's Day for fear that good fortune
    will be swept away.
  • Shooting off firecrackers on New Year's Eve is
    the Chinese way of sending out the old year and
    welcoming in the New Year. On the stroke of
    midnight on New Year's Eve, every door in the
    house, and even windows, have to be open to allow
    the old year to go out.
  • Red clothing is preferred on New Years Day. Red
    is considered a bright, happy color, sure to
    bring the wearer a sunny and bright future.

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The traditional Lion Dance is performed with two
people in a lions costume. It is accompanied by
drums, gongs and cymbals.
Click to see a video clip of a Lion Dance from
the world lion dance championship held in
Genting, Malaysia.
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  • In a Dragon Dance, a team of people carry the
    dragon on poles.

Click to see a short dragon dance.
12
Gung Hay Fat Choy Chinese New Year Song
  • Gung Hay Fat Choy, Gung Hay Fat Choy Sing Happy
    New Year, Gung Hay Fat Choy The new moon tells
    us, exactly when To celebrate with family and
    friends
  • Clean up the house and get out the broom
  • Sweep out the old year, bring in the new Bring
    out the apples, the oranges too
  • Their colors bring us joy and good luck too The
    dragon dances, the lanterns light The
    firecrackers light up the night

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Bibliography
  • Information and images from the following
    websites were used in the creation of this
    powerpoint presentation
  • Scholastic lesson plan and resources
    http//teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/
    Jan05_china.htm
  • Images and music from http//www.nancymusic.com/G
    unghayplay.htm
  • Image of tiger http//www.dl4all.com/search/chine
    senewyeartiger.html
  • China the beautiful http//www.chinapage.com/chin
    a.html
  • Lion and dragon dancer images http//www.discover
    hongkong.com/eng/interactive/wallpapers/ig_wall_fe
    st.jhtml
  • Lion dance information http//www.chinese-culture
    .net/html/lion_dance.html
  • Lion dance http//www.youtube.com/watch?v7m-SEdO
    KrE4featureplayer_embeddedat36
  • Dragon dance http//www.youtube.com/watch?v4WUnW
    PpRslM
  • Activity Village Chinese New Year links
    http//www.activityvillage.co.uk/chinese_new_year_
    links.htm
  • Map http//www.chinatour.com/maps/maps.htm
  • Chinese money http//www.chinatour.com/currency/c
    urrency.htm
  • Chinese New Year http//www.educ.uvic.ca/faculty
    /mroth/438/CHINA/chinese_new_year.html
  • Wallpaper http//www.123chinesenewyear.com/chine
    senewyear/wallpapers/index2.html
  • This powerpoint presentation was created
    by Sally Horowitz, Librarian Northside
    Elementary School Midway, KY Updated 2/15/10
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