Essay on Informative Speech About China

786 Words Jul 24th, 2011 4 Pages
Everybody, XinNianKuaiLe. Maybe some of you guys already know what this Chinese mean. It is literally translated to the greeting “happy Chinese new year” in English. Today is the Chinese New Year (Yeh). Chinese New Year is the most important traditional holiday in China. Despite its winter occurrence, Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival in China. The festival begins on the first day of the first month, which is today, and ends on the 15th day of that month.
As I had mentioned, Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the chinese Lunisolar Calendar. Ancient Chinese New Year is a reflection on how the people behaved and what they believed in the most. In the celebration of the Chinese New Year, people
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Fish also play a large role in the celebrations. The word for fish, “Yu” sounds like the words both for and abundance. The fish is usually served whole, with head and tail, which mean having a good beginning and ending for the coming year. These round dumplings which is called JiaoZi signify family reunion. Its shape look like a bag the has many gold coins inside. This dish is called Lion’s Head Meatball. They are cooked with oversized meatballs and some vegetable soup. The lion represents power and strength in Chinese culture, while the oversized meatballs symbolize family reunion. Duck symbolizes fidelity in chinese culture. Also, sweet and sour pork is popular with families hoping for a lot of grandchildren because the Cantonese word for “sour” sounds like the word for grandchild. Cakes have a special place in Chinese New year celebrations. Chinese people called them NianGow. NianGow is made up of rice flour, wheat starch, water and sugar. Their sweetness symbolizes a rich and sweet life. The family will then end the night with firecrackers.
In the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive red packets. These red packets are envelopes that are passed out during the Chinese New year’s celebrations from married couples to unmarried teenagers and children. Red packets almost always contain money, usually from a couple of dollars to several hundred. The amount of…