Lunar New Year began on February 1, but this isn't just one night or day of celebrating, as it lasts for several days. In China, the celebration lasts 15 days, with the Spring Lantern Festival on the final day. Above is Olivia, an au pair from China, with her host child celebrating the holiday. [...]
Washington, D.C. Community Counselor Natalie Skidmore shared a video from a host family whose children were taught to say "Happy New Year" in Chinese by their au pair Winnie W. This holiday provided another opportunity to build bridges and learn about other cultures.
Community Counselor Cynthia Chan in Southern Maryland used her monthly meeting to highlight the Lunar New Year. A guest speaker taught the au pairs about Chinese culture and Lunar New Year. In addition to sampling some treats, they also learned how to write a greeting in Chinese characters and received Lucky Money (red) envelopes. There [...]
February 5th, 2019 is the Lunar New Year. Children all across Asia are given pocket money nestled in bright red envelopes. Started in the Han Dynasty, coins (objects that looked like coins) were tied together with red string and given to ward off evil spirits. Eventually the red string became red envelopes. More about the [...]
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