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Title: Unit 14 Festivals

Unit 14 Festivals
Moon cake
Dragon Boat Festival
Lantern Festival
Zong zi
Mid-Autumn Day
Sweet dumpling or Yuan Xiao
Spring Festival


Halloween At the end of October Americans
will celebrate Halloween. The stores have been
full of pumpkins, costumes, and candy for weeks.
On October 31, children dress up, go to their
neighbors' homes, say "Trick or treat", and
receive a lot of candy. No one seems to know
for sure where or when it began, but the most
colorful stories are based on Celtic traditions
from Ireland.
According to one of these stories, Halloween
began in Ireland around the fifth century B.C.
when the 31st of October was the Celtic New Year.
People thought that on this day the spirits of
people who had died that year would come back to
earth to look for a body to live in for the next
year. Finding a body was supposed to
help them in their afterlife. People put out
the fires in their homes and made their houses
dark to hide from the dead peoples' spirits.
They thought that this would make their homes
look cold and make the ghosts not want to come
in. For even more protection, they dressed in
scary costumes and ran through the town being as
loud as possible so the spirits would be
frightened and leave. Today children dress up to
go trick-or-treating, but they might find
Halloween much scarier if they knew why people
used to wear costumes.
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Japanese Obon festival of the dead
Obon is a Japanese Buddhist festival usually
held in mid-July or August for a week and is a
time when the souls of dead ancestors are
supposed to return home for three days. In
particular, prayers are said for anyone who has
died in the previous year as it is believed that
they need more guidance to find their way.
The festival has been held since the 7th
century although many of the events have changed
and it is one of the most significant and
enjoyable of the Japanese festivals. It goes by a
variety of names, the most popular of which is
"The Festival or Feast of the Dead".
The Old Festival Many Japanese who work
in the city visit their birthplace at this time
every year to clean the gravesites of their
ancestors. Others clean Buddhist altars in their
home although fewer people have these. Many years
ago, Obon and the holiday on January 15th were
the only days servants and workers were released
to return to their homes.
The Modern Festival During the celebratory week
of Obon, bright red lanterns are hung everywhere.
In actual fact, these lanterns were originally to
guide the dead spirits home from the spirit world
and then back again, but they are usually lit at
night for the festival dances.
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Chinese Festival
Western Festival
  • Mid-Autumn
  • Festival

1. Mardi Gras
2. Ramadan
  • The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

3. Easter
4. Martin Luther King, Jr Day
3. Spring Festival
5. Thanksgiving Day
The Moon Festival is a holiday in China. It's
an occasion for family reunion. Chinese families
like to get together to eat the moon cakes and
watch the moon at the Moon Festival night. For
the people are out of town or for Chinese are
from China stay in USA, they miss their family or
the lover at home and share the same moon at the
night of the Moon Festival before the Internet
gets popular.
The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
The boat races during the Dragon Boat
Festival are traditional customs to attempts to
rescue the patriotic poet Chu Yuan. Chu Yuan
drowned on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month
in 277 B.C. Chinese citizens now throw bamboo
leaves filled with cooked rice into the water.
Therefore the fish could eat the rice rather than
the hero poet.
Boat Race
Spring Festival
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The word Ramadan is the name of a month. During
Ramadan, people do not eat during the day.
Easter, like Christmas, is a Christian holiday.
The word Easter comes from a Goddess. She
symbolized the rebirth of life in the spring.
Spring is the peak egg-laying time for hens, so
people began to cook eggs and began decorating
and hiding them for children to find during
Easter, which gave birth to the Easter Egg Hunt.
The Easter Bunny is a cute little rabbit that
hides eggs for us to find on Easter. But it is
not certain where he came from. In a German book
published in 1682, a tale is told of a bunny
laying eggs and hiding them in the garden.
Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Americans celebrate the memory of Dr King on
the third Monday of January. The day became a
national holiday in 1985. The theme of the 2002
holiday wasRemember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On,
Not A Day Off!
Thanksgiving Day
Compare a Chinese festival with one from
another country. If you dont know of any
festivals from other countries.
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