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Title: Chinese New Year 2009


1

An Introduction to Chinese Culture
2
What is Chinese?
  • Mandarin is the official language of China - also
    known as putonghuà.
  • Many regional dialects - Mandarin Cantonese
    most widely spoken.
  • Large Chinese populations worldwide - including
    Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia.
  • Chinese is the most widely spoken language across
    the world.

3
Regional Dialects
4
  • So what is the difference between
  • Mandarin Cantonese?
  • Mandarin and Cantonese are tonal languages - 5 in
    Mandarin, 7-9 in Cantonese.
  • Tone used with any given word can change its
    meaning.
  • Written form can differ, but does not change
    meaning.
  • ? ?
  • Traditional
    Simplified

5
  • Chinese Festivals
  • Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) Jan / Feb .
    (1st 15th days of the first lunar month).
  • Ching Ming April - paying respect to ancestors
    (15th day from Spring Equinox) .
  • Mid Autumn Festival September - Celebrating the
    Moon (15th day of 8th month). Lanterns made and
    Moon Cakes eaten.
  • Chung Yeung October - paying respect to
    ancestors (9th day of 9th month).
  • Actual date of festivals varies as Chinese use
    lunar calendar.

6
Did you know the Chinese have their own
calendar? Did you know they have different
birthday dates? You are already one year old
when you are born!
7
Happy Chinese New Year! Celebrating the Year
of the Tiger
  • ???? Kung Hei Fat Choi
  • ???? Gong Xi Fa Cai
  • The Chinese New Year is the longest and most
    important celebration in the Chinese calendar.
  • The Chinese year 4708 begins
  • on February 14th, 2010 and lasts for 15 days

8
What animal sign are you?
Rat 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008 Ox
1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009 Tiger
1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010 Rabbit
1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 Dragon 1940 1952
1964 1976 1988 2000 Snake 1941 1953 1965 1977 1
989 2001 Horse 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 S
heep 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 Monkey 1944 1
956 1968 1980 1992 2004 Rooster 1945 1957 1969 1
981 1993 2005 Dog 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 200
6 Boar 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007
9
What does your animal sign mean?
  • Ox
  • Bright, patient and inspiring to others. You can
    be happy by yourself yet make an outstanding
    parent.
  • Marry a Snake or Rooster.
  • The Sheep will bring trouble.
  • Tiger
  • You are aggressive, courageous, candid and
    sensitive.
  • Look to the Horse and Dog for happiness.
  • Beware of the Monkey.

10
What does your animal sign mean?
  • Rabbit
  • Luckiest of all signs, talented and articulate.
  • Affectionate, yet shy, you seek peace throughout
    your life.
  • Marry a Sheep or Boar.
  • Your opposite is the Rooster.
  • Dragon
  • Your are eccentric and your life complex.
  • You have a very passionate nature and abundant
    health.
  • Marry a Monkey or Rat late in life.
  • Avoid the Dog.

11
What does your animal sign mean?
  • Snake
  • Wise and intense with a tendency towards physical
    beauty.
  • Vain and high tempered.
  • Boars are your enemies.
  • Roosters or Oxen are your best sign.
  • Horse
  • Popular and attractive to the opposite sex.
  • You are often ostentatious and impatient.
  • You need people.
  • Marry a Tiger or a Dog early, but never a Rat.

12
What does your animal sign mean?
  • Sheep
  • Elegant and creative, you are timid and prefer
    anonymity.
  • You are most compatible with Boars and Rabbits,
    but never the Oxen.
  • Monkey
  • You are very intelligent and are able to
    influence people.
  • An enthusiastic achiever, but is easily
    discouraged and confused.
  • Avoid Tigers. Seek a Dragon or Rat.

13
What does your animal sign mean?
  • Rooster
  • A pioneer in spirit, you are devoted to quest
    after knowledge.
  • You are self-centred and eccentric.
  • Rabbits are trouble.
  • Snakes and Oxen are fine.
  • Dog
  • Loyal and honest. You work well with others.
  • Generous yet stubborn and often selfish.
  • Look to the Horses or Tigers.
  • Watch out for Dragons

14
What does your animal sign mean?
  • Boar
  • Noble and chivalrous.
  • Your friends will be lifelong, yet you are prone
    to marital strife.
  • Avoid other Boars.
  • Marry a Rabbit or a Sheep.
  • Rat
  • You are ambitious yet honest. Prone to spend
    freely.
  • Seldom make lasting friendships.
  • Most compatible with Dragons and Monkeys.
  • Least with Horses.

15
Before the New Year
  • A time for house cleaning
  • Decorations to put up
  • Time for prayers

16
New Years Eve
  • Try not to break anything as it as deemed bad
    luck.
  • Firecrackers are lit to ward off evil spirits.
  • Display bowls of fruit.
  • The most important element is that families
    gather together for a meal on New Years Eve.
    Many people return home to join in this
    celebration.

17
New Years Day
  • Wear new clothes
  • Vegetarian meal
  • Red packets
  • Greet everybody with Kung Hei Fat Choi /
    Gong Xi Fa Cai

The 1st Day of Chinese New Year is an exciting
day to be spent with family
18
The Food at New Year
  • Dumplings are eaten in Northern China.
  • Turnip cake New Year cake tend to be eaten in
    southern China.

Did you know that traditionally Chinese like
round tables?
19
Chinese Food and its meaning Whole chicken -
prosperity family togetherness Noodles - long
life Spring Rolls - wealth Peanuts - long
life Fish - wishes abundance Tangerines /
oranges - luck wealth Sweet sticky rice cake,
nian gao - rich sweet life, while the different
layers symbolize rising abundance for the coming
year and round shape signifies family reunion.
20
Chinese New Year celebration in London Taken
from http//news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/786374
7.stm
21
Contact us
  • The Chinese Centre
  • Hesters Way Community Resource Centre
  • Cassin Drive
  • Princess Elizabeth Way
  • Cheltenham GL51 7SU
  • Phone 01452-531369
  • Mobile 07720-637976 / 07766-310551
  • Email mandarin.school_at_hotmail.co.uk
  • Website www.glos-mandarinschool.org.uk
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