Tomorrow, January 28, is the lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year in the United States. In China, the lunar New Year, also ushers in spring and thus is the Spring Festival, too. To learn more about the New Year, click here.
Each year is also associated with a particular animal from the Chinese zodiac. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster--the "Fire Rooster" to be exact!
In our children's collection we have quite a number of items on the Chinese New Year including a poetry picture book, My Chinatown: One Year in Poems by Kam Mak [JP MAK]. The year in Chinatown starts off with a New Year's poem titled "Winter," which is fitting for the book, since the author is from New York, and we all know it's still winter here in the northeast! Here's how it begins:
Back home in Hong Kong,
it's New Year.
Papa says we'll have New Year here,
Mama says it will be just like home.
But it isn't home,
even when the firecrackers
hiss and crackle all night long
to scare off every evil spirit in the world.
In the morning, I go out alone
to kick through drifts of red paper.
Somewhere there will be one whole firecracker
hidden, waiting for me.
But I can't find one,
even though the air dances
with scraps of red,
a snowfall the color of luck.
It must be someone else's luck this year.
Don't you love the line, "a snowfall the color of luck"? Here's wishing you a snowfall of luck in the coming year!
Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink is hosting the Round-Up this year. Stop by and wish her a Happy New Year!