Category Archives: Traditions

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

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It’s the year of the Dragon!  We celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year last week by hosting a party for my son’s class — Spring Happiness poems, oranges, and even a Dragon Parade.  The kids loved it and it  gave us the opportunity to talk about different countries, cultures and traditions.  In previous years Chinese New Year has fallen in February and I welcomed the opportunity to focus on a holiday other than Valentines Day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Valentines Day.   But for some kids it’s a little more fun and interesting to talk about dragons, lions, sweeping out the old year and learning to eat with chopsticks.   Washington, D.C. is hosting its annual Chinese New Year parade today and it’s a cultural highlight for kids!  Lion dances, acrobats, costumes, fireworks…what’s not to love?  When we first started celebrating Chinese New Year there were very few children’s books about the holiday.  Today there’s a wider selection so check them out if you get the chance and start the conversation.  I want to make sure my kids grow up with Chinese New Year as one of our celebrated holidays…and if it edges out Valentines Day…well, I’d welcome that too.

The Last Day of Ramadan

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Today is the last day of Ramadan.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, it’s a great opportunity to introduce children to different cultures, religions and traditions.    Over 1 billion people celebrate Ramadan and the month-long fast.  Today is Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting.   If you are not a practicing Muslim, your child will have many questions about Islam, why do they fast? why do they cover their heads? Talk to them and answer their questions.  The Washington Post has a beautiful front page photo today of children marking the end of Ramadan.

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National Lemonade Day — with a Twist!

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Today is National Lemonade Day! So pour a huge cup, set up a stand and maybe even wear something yellow!   There are sure to be mini entrepreneurs everywhere.  If you set up your own stand you could also make your sign bi-lingual – add Limonada or Limonade or Citro.  You’ll be sure to get questions and it’ll be fun to explain to everyone different ways to say (or even make) Lemonade.  What a way to take a very American tradition and add a little multi-cultural twist