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Feb 7 2008

Happy Chinese New Year!

by Jimmy L

As a kid living in Hong Kong, Chinese New Year was a very big deal.  I remember going with my parents to visit all my relatives and each one would give me a red envelope with money inside of it for good luck.  There would also be firecrackers and lion/dragon dances in the streets (see video below), and, of course, a lot of eating and seasonal foods.

2008 is the Year of the Rat!  The Rat is the first in the 12 year cycle of animals in the chinese zodiac and it symbolizes wealth, aggression, and order.

Learn more about the Chinese New Year at the library:

Chinese New Year (Text and photographs depict the celebration of Chinese New Year by Chinese Americans living in San Francisco’s Chinatown)

D is for Dragon (a children’s book that introduces the traditions of Chinese New Year)

China (discusses the foods enjoyed in China, and in particular, the special foods that are part of the Chinese New Year and other festivals.  Includes recipes)

Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac (ntroduces the Chinese zodiac and relates how each of its twelve signs was named for an animal selected by the Jade Emperor)

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Karen S February 11, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Great to see video added to the blog! Keep up the great work!

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