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What is the significance of the Spring Festival?
it is to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new year, at the end of the old year and beginning of the new year.
What time of year is the Spring Festival celebrated?
Varies from late January to early February (on the first day of the lunar calendar)
actually begins on the eve of New Year's Day and ends on the 3rd day of the first month of the lunar calendar
Name preparations for the new year
Houses---festooned with posters, auspicious couplets, and lanterns.
What typical foods are eaten during the new year?
Dumplings or rice cakes or noodles
What does a whole fish represent?
togetherness and abundance
What does a chicken symbolize?
what does tofu or bean curd symbolize?
Name five activities that happen during the New Year (Spring Festival)
2) New Year visit
3) Dragon and Lion Dance
4) Walking on stilts
5) Temple Fairs
When is the Lantern Festival?
15th day of the first lunar month
What does the Lantern Festival mark?
the end of the Chinese New Year
The Lantern Festival is the first time we see what?
The first time we see the full moon in the New Year
What kind of time is the Lantern Festival traditionally for?
Name two activities of the Lantern Festival.
1) display of lanterns
What is an important food of the Lantern Festival?
Name the three legends of the Lantern Festival
Taiyi, Tianguan and Mingdi
who is Taiyi?
the God of Heaven
who is Tianguan?
Taoist god responsible for good fortune
When does the Dragon Boat Festival take place?
the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar
What kind of food is eaten at the Dragon Boat Festival?
zongzi. pyramid-shaped dumplings made out of rice and wrapped in bamboo
What is the main purpose of the Dragon Boat Festival?
to dispell disease and drive out evil
What do children wear during the Dragon Boat Festival to ward away evil?
necklaces or bracelets made of threads of different colors to keep evil away from them
What will mothers do during the Dragon Boat Festival to also ward off evil or disease?
bathe their child in boiled water with herbal medicines
What did Chinese believe was an antidote解毒药 for all poisons, and therefore most effective to drive away evil spirits and kill insects?
What does everyone drink during the Dragon Boat Festival?
what do children do instead of drinking the realgar wine during the Dragon Boat Festival?
children would have the Chinese character for "King" (王）written on their foreheads with realgar wine
Who do most people believe the Dragon Boat Festival honors?
Qu Yuan (great poet of the Warring States period)
When is the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated?
15th day of the 8th lunar month
What is the significance of the Mid-Autumn Festival?
-worship of the moon
-celebration of a good harvest
What are the two make activities of family reunion in the Mid-Autumn Festival?
1) appreciating the full moon
2) eating moon cakes
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