Last January I posted a list of resources on teaching Chinese New Year, so here's an update on websites and listings.
- Chinese New Year -- or Lunar New Year? The Wikipedia article Chinese New Year is long and detailed, with history and many customs. Here's a sampling to browse through:
- A quick rundown of the history of "Spring Festival" as defined by Chinese governments over the last century by Jeremiah Jenne: Why do we call it “Spring Festival”?
- Colorful links on celebration of Lunar New Year around the world, collected by University of Southern California: US-China Institute Happy New Years!
- A teacher for an American study abroad group in Beijing gives you an idea of how some Chinese celebrate: Staying Safe During Spring Festival: A Teacher’s Advice to his Students
- The new Council on Foreign Relation blog, Asia Unbound, has an insightful piece on the need for reform in policies in the countryside: Tim Hanstad: A Prosperous New Year for China’s Farmers
- A few stories from Hong Kong, again, some of them a little wild: Year of the Snake Draws Hisses
- Happy New Year of the Snake Harvard-Yenching Library posts a bunch of snake images from around the world, including a wonderful Japanese Snake Charmer with a flute:
- One more, from the History in the Headlines China Series (lots of other postings), by Jesse Greenspan, a nicely done set of basic information, especially useful about how the celebration has changed -- today's youth would rather text and play video games: 8 Things You Should Know About Chinese New Year