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New Years

Lessons and Teacher Resources for the New Years
including Chinese New Year and Groundhog Day Activities

New Year’s Lesson Plans | Additional Resources

Introduction:

New Year’s Eve or Old Year’s Night is on December 31, the final day of the Gregorian year, and the day before New Year’s Day. New Year’s Eve is a separate observance from the observance of New Year’s Day. In modern Western practice, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with parties and social gatherings spanning the transition of the year at midnight. Many cultures use fireworks and other forms of noise making as part of the celebration. New Year’s marks the end of a period of remembrance of a particular passing year, especially on radio, television, and in newspapers…. It is also customary to make New Year’s resolutions, which individuals hope to fulfil in the coming year. – Wikipedia

New Year’s Lesson Plans:

Chinese New Year Lesson Plans:

Chinese New Year Spring Festival, or Lunar New Year is “the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays…. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival. [...Traditionally, every family cleans house to sweep away ill-fortune and windows and doors will be decorated with red paper-cuts and couplets with happiness, wealth and longevity themes.] On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families…. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes.” – Wikipedia

Groundhog Day Lesson Plans:

Groundhog Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks…. [The holiday has its origins in ancient European weather lore, the medieval Catholic Candlemas, and Pagan Imbolc festivals.] The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where crowds as high as 40,000 have gathered to celebrate the holiday since at least 1886. – Wikipedia

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