Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I love the look but it really helps show how each month of the Chinese calendar begins with a new moon. If there is a full moon, one knows it is the 15th of the lunar calendar. Children - and adults - always want to look at it when I take it anywhere.
Share ideas about how you use it!
Monday, December 01, 2008
My pages of CNY resources:
- Chinese New Year overview (lunar 1/1)
- Lantern Festival (lunar 1/15)
- Mostly Food
- Upper El Crafts
- Chinese Games
- Chinese Zodiac
Books do not change significantly from edition to edition but websites can and do. I am in no way responsible for the content of other websites, but here are some I liked when I last saw them:
Wikipedia's Chinese New Year entry
Prof. Roth's Chinese New Year page
Web holidays's Chinese New Year
Chinese Culture Center's New Year Page
Last Updated: January 2009.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
You may want to start looking for mooncakes at the Chinese grocery store, review Mid-Autumn Festival information, decide whether you want to go into your child's school to celebrate, or even start talking to their teachers (the sooner the better on that one since it is "early" this year. I suspect many teachers might be happiest with just a special snack as they will be still getting their own routines set). Or, surprise some friends online with e-cards. You can set up today to be delivered on September 14th!
We still have a pdf file of 2008 showing how the phases of the moon compare to the 2008 calendar. If you would like a copy, please post a comment with your email, or email me.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
According to India's National civil calendar, today starts the month of Shraavan.
In the Hebrew calendar, we are in the month of Av.
On the Islamic calendar, we are in the month of SHa`baan.
Keith's Moon Page has a list of Full Moon Names that include: Native American, Chinese, New Guinean Colonial American, English Medieval and Neo-Pagan. Sadly, he lists the full moon names by months, when we know most of the cultures did not date them that way. The Crystal Forest monthly moon name suffers from the same dating problem. I still love to see all of the different names together.
English Medieval: Corn Moon
Celtic: Dispute Moon
Colonial American: Dog Day's Moon
Native American (Cherokee): Harvest Moon
Native American (Choctaw): Women's Moon
Native American (Dakotah Sioux): Moon When All Things Ripen
Neo Pagan: Lightening Moon
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Google has a string of firecrackers on their search pages.
In China, at least the Guanzhou government seems to have really stepped up to make Chinese New Year better for those who could not get home to their families. More child-friendly, China view has some nice celebration pictures. I especially like page 2.
BBC has the Lunar New Year: In Pictures. I like the close-up of making dumplings.
This year, I discovered, I am not keeping up wit the times. tjmommy has the video and mixed media list of Chinese New Year.
Monday, February 04, 2008
I really like China's Year of the Rat stamp this year. Xin hua net's pictures
Singapore calls their Year of the Rat stamp charming. I could not find a good picture of the Australian Year of the Rat stamp. Although Rat is first, the Rat Wraps up Canada Post's Lunar Stamp Series of 12 stamps.
The USA is starting a new series -- but it seems you really have to be in the know to recognize this is a Year of the Rat stamp. Sometime, maybe they will issue them & get them to post offices early enough for people to use them when they send out New Year's cards & any hong boa to relatives farther away. Official Press Release and USPS fact sheet.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Hot Toys has at least 2 sizes of Disney "Year of the Mouse Collectibles. I saw them first at onesixthwarriors (11 inch and 1/6th scale "action figures"). They are scheduel to come our 2nd Quarter. Official photos:
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Just a sampling:
- (yes, this one is in NYC, the rest really are in NJ) Museum of Chinese in America, Preparing for the Lunar New Year in Chinatown Walking Tours:
Sat, Jan 26 from 1pm – 2:30pm
Sat, Feb 2 from 1pm – 2:30pm
Sat, Feb 9 from 1pm – 2:30pm
Witness how Chinatown transforms itself in preparation for the Lunar New Year. Learn about the traditions and customs observed by Chinese households and discover the significance of red envelopes, foods and decorations. Enjoy the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of Chinatown in the most festive tour of the year!
Where: Tours begin at MOCA @ 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor
Fee: $12/Adult; $10 Student and Senior; $6/MOCA members; free/Children
5 and under. Advanced reservations required. Call (212) 619-4785 or email email@example.com. Please include the number and name of guests; date of tour; and contact phone number.
Museum of Chinese in America, 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013
T: 212.619.4785 x101, F: 212.619.4720, www.mocanyc.org
- Chinese New Year Gala, Hua Xia Plainsboro Chinese School. Saturday, January 19, 2008, 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Grover Mill Road, Plainsboro 609-468-4650
Full stage production features musicians, magicians, martial artists, singers, and dancers. Yang Yi performs on the guzheng, a 21-string zither. Zhao Changiun demonstrates martial arts. Li Xin, a Beijing opera artist, portrays the Monkey King. Wennie Niu and Siu Chin perform Broadway tunes and opera. The Lion Dance opens the show. $10 to $30.
Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, and the Chinese-American Community present A Chinese New Year Community present A Chinese New Year Celebration, Saturday, February 2, 2008, 1:30 - 3:30. This drop-in program includes: Folk Dance, Folk Songs, Face Painting, ice Game, Farmers Hat, Calligraphy, Origami, Brush Holder's, Crafts and more.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year, “The Year of the Rat,” with a program of traditional and contemporary music and dance Feb. 8, 2009 by New Jersey-based dancer-choreographer Nai-Ni Chen including a 12 course Chinese dinner. For information call 800-650-0246
- February 9, 10: New Jersey Performing Arts Center,Victoria Theater,Chinese New Year Celebration: The Year of the Rat, Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
- February 24,Cumberland County College, Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine & Performing Arts Center, Vineland, NJ, Cumberland County College.
(Event in Chinese?) The Chinese community in Livingston, New Jersey is warming up as the Chinese Lunar New Year approaches. In order to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year, the Year of Dog, as well as thousands of years of culture and history, the Livingston Chinese Culture Day (LCCD) 2008 will be held on Saturday, February ?, 2008 from 4 pm to 11 pm at Livingston High School. The event is open to all who are interested. Tickets are on sale now. Please contact Xiuxian Li (973)758-1989, Rebacca Sheng (973) 535- 1452, or Jame Lee (973)535-1139 for ticket information. (OK, this confuses me, the zodiac goes dog... pig... and the cycle starts again this year with rat.)
Childbook.com's great list of events, thanks Ray! (For events in the rest of the USA & the world, go to his list of Events, Parades & Festivals, and see if I missed anything!)
Sunday, January 13, 2008
- 90 envelopes ( enough to make three different ornaments, with 15 envelopes left over for secrets, poems, notes, or the traditional coins or dollars)
- 1 yard of cord
- 3 tassels
- 300 adhesive stickers
- Detailed, step-by-step, illustrated instructions for making the three ornaments.
Be careful what you are buying - Year of the Pig items should be on sale since you'd have to hold on to them for 11 years - but I noticed they are regular price at Oriental Trading still. I vote their Chinese Shirt Gift Bags the cutest, and their Design Your Own! Chinese New Year Dragon Accordion Cards "most likely for me to buy" of the Chinese New Year items. If I had a regular classroom, I would be tempted by their "Dragon Bulletin Board Puzzle". If you search for "Chinese" instead of "Chinese New Year", you might be as surprised as I was to see brush sets listed. I can't tell what quality or how long to expect them to last.
Of course, you will find higher quality things at China Sprout's Chinese New Year Page and lots of interesting things in your local Chinatown, or on Pearl River's Chinese New Year's page.
My friend Betsy usually reminds me that now, a few weeks beforehand, it the time to go to Chinatown to get new couplets and door guards for the coming year.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
The Year of the Rat begins Thursday, February 7th, 2008 (lunar 1/1)
If you are hosting a party, going into the schools, or planning on getting new red clothes, you may want to really start thinking about it.
12/20 lunar (January 29?, 2008) should be set aside for the annual housecleaning and 3 days later on February 1st, the kitchen god will be going up to report. You can (and perhaps should) get your hair cut now or then - but not during the first two weeks of the New Year. Most of the year, my lunar calendar is beautiful, but now I need to refer to it (Email me for one).
February 21st ‘should’ find you preparing for the Lantern festival, which begins on the 15th night, which is 2/22 this year.
The two week period of Chinese New Year includes Valentine’s Day this year, so there will be lots of red around. However, if you plan on ‘teaching’ the holiday or going into the schools, keep in mind that is often a big event for them, and not every teacher can support two or three parties in two weeks!
Chinese New Year Information on www.childbook.com includes recommended the calendar of events, recommended books (many of which you can buy from them) and a reference back to this blog!
Full disclosure: I am a satisfied customer, but have no business relationship with them.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Both sites list the "Chinese Name" for the January moon as: Holiday Moon
English Medieval: Wolf Moon
Celtic: Quite Moon
New Guinea: Rainbow Fish Moon
Colonial American: Winter Moon
Native American (Cherokee): Cold Moon
Native American (Choctaw): Cooking Moon
Native American (Dakotah Sioux): Moon of the Terrible
Neo Pagan: Ice Moon
Hindu: Paush Poornima
unknown: Moon After Yule
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
I am loving manga illustrator Kenjirou Hata's greetings for the New Year. I found it a little way down on Anime News Networks' New Year's Greetings. "(In the third picture, the caption pointing to Nagi's hair says, "There's rats inside.")" It may move around a bit as other greetings are added to the same page - there were 21 when I just looked.