新年快乐 Happy Chinese New Year!

新年快乐  恭喜发财  Happy New Year! Today is the start of the Chinese New Year Spring Festival. (Feb 5th in China) Over the past week its been very cool to witness this amazing tradition with my students. I got to see first hand and be part of what is called was a “hongbao” (red envelope) being given from a grandparent to a student. In China during this holiday red envelopes are given to children and others filled with money and sometimes with “Feng Shui” Coins. (Attached is a photo of what a coin looks like) They represent, good health, wealth and protection. It was cool to see how this works in the Chinese culture. The grandparent says a few words/blessings over the child. The student then would bow and be given the envelope. The student would receive their red envelope with “both” hands and it was important that the child never opens the envelope in front of their grandparent. It was fun seeing the students open their envelope once their grandparent left the room live in class. It was like Christmas. The students would get anywhere from $1 to $20 depending on their age. (However never giving just $4, $14 or $40 due to the number ‘4’ in Chinese sounds like ‘death’, so this is considered bad luck and never given) It’s neat to read about other traditions however being part of this live during a class was amazing to see. Over the past week it was neat to see each student’s home and classroom get decorated each day for this celebration. I was even able to get my hands on my own “hongbao” and give a little something to my own kiddos.

 

-JonDavid