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February 19, 2015, marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This is the year of the Goat. If you were born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, or 2015 you were born in a Goat year. According to Chinese astrology you are: calm, gentle, shy, thoughtful, creative, honest and resilient. My daughter, Danielle, was born in 1979; it is interesting that she possesses all the qualities of a person born in a Goat year.

Chinese New Year is the longest holiday in China; instead of going to work, friends and relatives gather, share special foods and celebrate. The Spring Festival, the start of New Year celebrations, includes: parades, firecrackers, dragon and lion dances.

In China, red is the color of joy and prosperity; handmade red banners adorned with beautiful calligraphy decorate homes, businesses and public places; red envelopes called: Lai See are filled with money and given to children, family members and friends to bring good fortune.

You may be wondering why I’m writing a post about the Chinese New Year; when I was working I loved teaching my first graders about countries and their cultures; we are different, yet the same.

Chinese New Year: another holiday that gathers people together to celebrate life and each other.

Take joy!

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