Feliz Año Nuevo Chino
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This year, the Chinese year 4710 begins on January 23, 2012. Mrs. Jew, Chinese Spanish teacher at Casady School stated, " Chinese New Year celebrations usually lasts for 15 days, ends at Feb. 6 this year---the Lantern Festival."
The Chinese all over the world are celebrating the New Year with a new sign, the dragon (EL DRAGÓN). Last year was the year of the rabbitt (EL CONEJO),
But what are the Chinese up to during the New Year Chinese festivities? Chinese families celebrate Chinese New Year by using a different mix of their traditions, beliefs, superstitions, lucky signs and charms. According to Chinese legend, a long time ago, the gods called together all the animals on the planet, and told them that there will be a race.
The first twelve winners will be included in a special list. So on the chosen date, all the animals lined up and started to race each other. Being the smallest, the rat (LA RATA, EL RATÓN, EL RATONCITO TOPO GIGO) was able to weave its way through and under all the other animals and ended up crossing the finish line first. Next came the ox (EL TORO), followed by the tiger (EL TIGRE), the rabbit (EL CONEJO), the dragon (EL DRAGÓN), the snake (LA SERPIENTE, LA CULEBRA), the horse (EL CABALLO), the goat (EL CHIVO), the monkey(EL MONO), the rooster (EL GALLO), the dog (EL PERRO), and lastly, the pig(EL CERDO, EL COCHINO, EL PUERCO).
That's how those twelve animals ended up representing the twelve animal signs of the Chinese zodiac, each with its own specific characteristics. For the Chinese, the dragon is the luckiest and most auspicious of all the animal signs.
Chinese parents want their kids to get married in the Year of the Dragon. Chinese couples rush to make "dragon babies" because they're supposed to be lucky. You can just imagine the number of Chinese babies that will be born this year.
In addition, for the Chinese, the new year means decorating and wearing red, having lots of food at home, attending fireworks and parades, and having lots of red envelopes with money inside. There would be round fruits so that there'll be lots of money, and pineapples for prosperity. A big fried fish would also be present at tables because fish supposedly represented abundance.
LOS ANIMALES DEL CALENDARIO CHINO
LA RATA, EL RATÓN, EL RATONCITO........... TOPO GIGO
Hasta mañana, papá
Hasta mañana, mamá
He jugado (baloncesto, vólibol, tenis, fútbol)
Y he estudiado (la tarea de matemáticas, inglés, castellano, geografía)Y vi mi televisión (The Big Bang Theory)
EL TORO-EL BUEY
LA SERPIENTE, LA CULEBRA
EL CHIVO-LA CABRA
EL CERDO, EL COCHINO, EL PUERCO