In time for Chinese New Year! This is a good write up, with videos, of the various types of lion dances! https://mustsharenews.com/global-lion-dances/
It’s the time of the year to celebrate Matariki and we just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year 新年快乐 xīn nián kuài lè! We’d also like to take this time to thank everyone who has journeyed with Ni Hao Children’s Community over the past year and for giving us the opportunity and joy of being able to share the Mandarin language with your families in our own little way 🙂 We look forward to continuing this journey with you and doing whatever we practically can to support your learning, especially if in a non-Mandarin speaking environment.
By the way, did you know the traditional Māori calendar is based on the lunar cycle? The traditional Chinese calendar is also based on the lunar cycle….and solar cycle. But, the Chinese New Year is actually a Lunar New Year too.
The definition of the lunar calendar depends on the definition of the solar calendar, but not vice-versa. ….
The Chinese solar calendar consists of a sequence of solar years which are not divided into months but rather into 24 periods which begin at the “solar terms” (see below).
The Chinese lunar calendar consists of a sequence of lunar years which are divided into 12 or 13 lunar months. A solar year begins at the (northern) winter solstice, which is on or around December 22 in the Common Era Calendar. A lunar month begins on the day of a dark moon.
The beginning of a lunar year (i.e, lunar new year’s day) is more difficult to define (but see below); it always begins from about January 20th to about February 20th, i.e., about a month or so after the start of the Chinese solar year.
More info for the kids:
Traditional Chinese Painting – Student Art Exhibition
Presented by the students of Chinese Painting Teacher Tina Kuo
A parent has told us that it includes the art work of one of girls learning Mandarin with Ni Hao Children’s Community 🙂
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 20 – Sunday 25 September 2016
Venue: Odlin Gallery (Hutt Art Centre), 9-11 Myrtle Street, Lower Hutt.
Student Demonstration Day: 1-4pm, Saturday 24 September 2016
The Odlin Gallery is open everyday, 10am to 4pm, free entry 🙂
Check out some of the amazing paintings below:
A great video giving the low down on Mooncakes! Yum 🙂
Mooncakes are small but they are still to be shared and eaten in very tiny slices (loaded with oil and calories, and are very rich).
Mooncakes can be pretty expensive too. They are usually bought in a gift box of 4 moon cakes, and could cost between $35 / box to $50 / box or much more!
My personal fave is the Cantonese style moon cake, lotus paste – now, don’t some of the best Chinese foods come from Cantonese-style cuisine?? 😉 A biased view..
Here are some photos taken this Sunday morning at Capital E while we were there to run some activities. We thought the decorations looked very festive 🙂 Thank you to Capital E for having us!
From our teacher, Xue:
From Chien-Chi, ex-teacher, and now volunteer advisor:
The idea of Chinese New Year in Taiwan is a lot like Christmas here in New Zealand- families gather together and share good meals as well as good time.
For me and my family, Chinese New Year is the best time for catching up with the extended family- every family member who lives in different parts of Taiwan would go down to Grandpa and Grandma’s in the south of Taiwan. We would spend at least 3 days there and do nothing but eat and hang out with the cousins.
The typical food we have on Chinese New Year’s Eve is “hotpot”, which requires people to sit in a big circle and surround this steaming pot which cooks all the yummy ingredients. Hotpot symbolises the fulfilment of the family and it creates heaps of chances for people around the table to mingle and talk about their life during the previous year.
Sometimes we would go visit old family friends to wish them good health and all the best for the new year.
Chinese New Year is definitely the best chance for us to have good quality family time!
Next up, we’ll be hearing from our new teacher, Xue! Watch for the post in a few days time 🙂
From our teacher, Lizzie / Yi:
During the Chinese New Year, people like to have dinner with their families and watch the Spring Festival Evening show together.