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January 2, 2020

The Dragon Dance:  Happy Chinese New Year!

 

Dragons are one of the most admired of legendary creatures. In some cultures dragons are evil, fire breathing creatures that destroy. However, a Chinese dragon is a kind, caring creature that represents life and good fortune. 

 

The Chinese people use the image of the dragon in many Chinese festivals, including their Chinese New Year celebration. The Chinese people will observe the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 25, 2020. 

 

Did you know that the Chinese use a dragon in their New Year’s activities? An event called the Dragon Dance is a spectacular tradition for the Chinese people. The Dragon Dance uses nine or more dancers to carry, over their heads, a large colorful, festive dragon. The dance signifies the end of the year and welcomes a new start. The Dragon Dance is believed to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck and fortune to the people. The Chinese dragon is a fascinating creature in the Chinese culture. 

 

Creating art using themes and ideas from other countries is a fun opportunity to learn about our cul-turally diverse world.  In today's Let's Make It!, have fun creating a beautiful Chinese dragon!

 

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