Chinese New Year is about traditions

Jade Long and Jaida Osborne

Julianna Amone, 8th grader, said she has no clue what the Chinese New Year is about. She’s not alone.

But the Chinese New Year is all about traditions. It’s about spending time with family and friends after a long year of hard work and dedication. It is about resting and and looking back at what you have done. Many people don’t know what the Chinese New Year is about.

A lot of people set goals to better themselves and the new year. The huge celebration includes fireworks, dancing, and loads of great food. It is a time for family, friends, and fun.

Geneveive Vega, 7th grader, thinks that the Chinese new year is cool and sounds fun.

The Chinese dragon is the Chinese is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. They traditionally symbolize powers controlling water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. Many emperors used the dragon to symbolize their imperial power and strength.

“The Chinese dragon represents peace and calmness. Also boldness and heroism,” said Ranee Williams, 7th grader.

The Chinese dragon is the symbol of spiraling DNA, the path to greater enlightenment. In China the “New Year” is known as the Spring Festival, a time for family to be together. Wherever they are, even from across the world, people come home to celebrate the festival with their families.

Families have “reunion dinners.” The reunion dinner is believed to be the most important meal of the year. It is held every Lunar New Year and is believed to be a sort of magnet that draws family back home.

Many Chinese have said it to be more of a promise that no matter the conditions they will unite of a nice dinner. They could never miss it despite what happens to their plans.   

This year is the year of the Fire Rooster. In Chinese zodiac, there is the fire, earth, water, wood, and metal rooster. This year is believed to be productive because of the fire rooster’s responsibility and strong sense of timekeeping.


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