Spring Festival Helpful words and expressions The Spring Festival ж�ҐиЉ‚ fireworks зѓџиЉ± Spring Festival couplets ж�ҐиЃ” the dinner on New YearвЂ™s Eve е№ґе¤њйҐ lunar calendar е†њеЋ† firecrackers з€†з«№ spring cleaning; general housecleaning ж‰«ж€ї family reunion dinner е›ўењ†йҐ staying-up е®€еІЃ lanternзЃЇз¬ј lunar January; red packets the first month зєўеЊ… by lunar calendar жЈжњ€ New YearвЂ™s Eve; eve of lunar New Year й™¤е¤• gift money; money do Spring The Lantern given to children as Festival shopping Festival a lunar New Year д№°е№ґиґ§ е…ѓе®µиЉ‚ gift еЋ‹еІЃй’± Discussion Questions вЂў 1. When do you people celebrate the Spring Festival? вЂў 2. Before the Spring Festival comes, what do people do to prepare for it? вЂў 3. During the Spring Festival, what do people usually do to celebrate it? words for the listening similar з›ёдјјзљ„ late January дёЂжњ€еє• lunar calendar е†њеЋ† Mid-Autumn Festival дёз§‹иЉ‚ celebrate еє†зҐќ decorate иЈ…йҐ° red packets зєўеЊ… special performances з‰№е€«иЉ‚з›® dress up з©їзќЂж‰“ж‰® outdoor carnivals ж€·е¤–з‹‚ж¬ў hold a few events дёѕиЎЊе‡ ж ·жґ»еЉЁ Beijing opera дє¬е‰§ dumpling йҐєеђ Questions asked вЂў What are some of the festivals celebrated in your country? вЂў Which is your favorite? вЂў How do people celebrate the spring Festival? вЂў What do people do outside of their home? More expression celebrate We celebrate Spring Festival by having a big dinner. festival We have a few important festivals every year. decorate People decorate their houses for New Year. red packets My parents will give me red packets during Chinese New Year. take place Spring Festival takes place in late January or early February. dumpling It is a tradition for many Beijing people to have dumplings. big dinner We have a big dinner during Mid-Autumn Festival. parade The biggest parade was during ChinaвЂ™s 50th anniversary. moon cake Mid-Autumn Festival is a time we eat a lot of moon cakes. carnival We usually go to a Miao Hui, which is just a carnival. have a good time I always have a good time with my family. Matching 1. Spring Festival is a time when ... A. People have a day off and often go traveling. 2. Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for ... B. People give out red packets of money to people. 3. During our National Day, many вЂ¦ C. People watch boat races near the river. 4. On Dragon Boat Day youвЂ™ll seeвЂ¦ D. People buy flags to show their love for the nation. 5. May Day is the time of year when вЂ¦ E. People buy and give mooncakes to each other. legend вЂў The Spring Festival is also called "guonianвЂќ (meaning вЂњpassing a yearвЂќ). According to legend, it is said that the "nianвЂќ (year) was a strong monster which was fierce and cruel and it liked to eat animals, including humans. Human beings were scared about it and had to hide on the evening since "nian" came out to to eat animals in the evening. вЂў Later, people found that вЂњnianвЂќ was very scared about the red color and fireworks. Therefore, people use red color and fireworks or firecrackers to drive away "nianвЂќ every year. After that, the animal "nian" never came out again, but the custom of using red color and setting off fireworks remains to this day. Assignment вЂў Retell the legend about the spring festival in your own words. вЂў Which is your favorite festival and why?