Gung Hay Fat Choy!

This phrase means “May you become prosperous!” in Chinese.  Why exactly am I speaking Chinese, you ask?  In honor of Chinese New Year, of course! Chinese New Year begins on Friday, January 31st this year.  And in celebration, we will be holding a Chinese New Year Party here at the library just for TEENS (6th-12th grade) on Thursday, January 30th from 5:00-7:00 P.M.!

horseSo, here are a few facts you might not know about the Chinese New Year to prepare you for this awesome event!:

1. Chinese New Year celebrations last for 15 days, and it is the most celebrated of all Chinese holidays.  The holiday itself lasts only three days.

2.  Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year.  Twelve animals came, and Buddha named a year after each one.  He declared that the people born in each animal’s year would have traits of that certain animal. The twelve animals were a dog, pig/boar, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, and rooster.

3.   2014 is the Year of the Horse.  Chinese tradition says that the horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance.  People born in the year of the horse are extremely animated, active and energetic.

4.  The color red is used largely in Chinese New Year decoration because it symbolizes fire which can drive away bad luck.

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5. Chinese New Year is a time to spend with family in Chinese tradition. Especially for a feast on New Year’s Eve.

For more information about our Chinese New Year Party and other events just for teens here at the library, “LIKE” the McPherson Public Library Teen Stuff Facebook page HERE!

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