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Gung Hay Fat Choy

ung Hay Fat Choy is a traditional greeting during the 15-day celebration of the Chinese New Year. Translated as May you prosper, the words perfectly capture the spirit of the holiday, when bad luck is symbolically swept away and all look hopefully to the future. An ancient lunar calendar determines the exact date of the New Year, which always falls in January or early February.

The Year of the Dragon (4698 according to the Chinese calendar!) is ushered in on February 5 with feasting, fireworks, parading dragons, dancing lions, and the honoring of ancestors. To celebrate, send your students on a fascinating journey through the colorful customs, rich in symbolism, of this joyous and ancient festival.

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1. 4699.

2. 2005 will be the Year of the Rooster.

3. Answers will vary.

4. To sweep away any ill fortune in the family and make way for good luck.

5. According to legend, the color red frightened away a dangerous beast called Nian.

6. Good health, long life.

7. Answers will vary.

8. Nian gao. Traditionally, the higher the cake rises, the better the year
will be.

9. Answers will vary.