Parker is fortunate to be learning to speak Mandarin Chinese, which is the most spoken language in the world. We love that her school is teaching the language and exposing the children to Chinese culture and customs. The Chinese New Year is a very exciting time of year at her school, and we are enjoying learning about the holiday and traditions. There are many local events to attend in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Details on local events and celebrations are at the bottom of this post.
Chinese New Year celebrates the start of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The holiday is also referred to as Spring Festival and is one of many Lunar New Years celebrated in Asia. The New Year is the most important holiday in China and is associated with several myths and customs. This year, 2019, is the Year of the Pig, who is thought of as easygoing and fortunate.
Here are some Chinese phrases to teach your little ones:
新年快乐！xīn nián kuài lè (Happy New Year)
猪年大吉！zhū nián dà jí (Good luck in the Year of Pig)
The color red is commonly worn throughout Chinese New Year celebrations. The traditional belief is that red scares away evil spirits and bad fortune. Wearing new clothes is another clothing custom during the festival. New clothes symbolize a new beginning in the year.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Thur., February 7, 2019, 6 PM: Lunar Chinese New Year: Guangdong National Orchestra Ensemble | Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage (Free)
Fri., February 8, 2019, 6 PM: Lunar New Year, Guangdong Troupe | Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage (Free)
Sat., February 9, 2019, 10 AM: KC Chinese New Year Family Day 2019 | Kennedy Center (Free)
Sun., February 10, 2019, 2 PM: DC Chinese New Year Parade (Free)
Wed., February 13-16, 2019, National Ballet of China: Raise the Red Lantern | Kennedy Center (Tickets $25-$99)
Virginia & Maryland
Sat, February 9, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Chinese Lion Dance (Free)
Sat. February 16, 2019, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Rockville's Lunar New Year Celebration (Free)
Sun., February 10, 2019, 6 PM: (Lion Dance in Casino Valet) MGM National Harbor Lunar New Year Celebration
February 9-16, 2019: Montgomery County Public Libraries Chinese New Year Celebrations | Multiple Locations
(Happy New Year)