Happy New Yearteach your students that different cultures celebrate the New Year in many different ways and at different times of the year. After listening to some read a louds - students can find out some cool facts about New Year Traditions around the world, and then encourage them to share some of their own.
Why is noise making important in ringing in the new year?
Why do we stay up so late?
Where did the idea of new year resolutions come from?
Why do the Burmese pour buckets of water on each other?
Why do Jewish families eat apples dipped in honey?
What do Columbians do to predict what will happen in the coming new year?
Why is the color red so special for the Chinese new year?
Then let them practice wishing each other "Happy New Year in a few different languages. "Gung Hay Fat Choy "
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