Chinese New Year Songs for Kids
Aside from learning grammar and new vocabularies in their regular Chinese for children classes, kids need to learn the culture of the target language, especially if they are non-background learners. One of the most important cultural event for Chinese people is the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar. The celebration lasts for two weeks and it is an exciting time for kids because they will receive red packets from their parents and other relatives, and get to wear new clothes. In China, the Chinese New Year is a national holiday that lasts for one week. The excitement is comparable to Christmas holiday, when kids receive presents and do not have to go to school.
There are many activities that teachers and kids learning Chinese can do to learn about the Chinese New Year. Kids can learn about Chinese zodiacs and find out which animal zodiac they belong to. They can learn about the legend of Chinese New Year. They can also learn some Chinese New Year songs.
Here we are going to introduce you to three popular Chinese New Year songs.
You may have noticed that the word 福 is turned upside down. This symbolises that fortune has arrived. This is because the word for arrive 到 is similar in sound to the word 倒, which means upside down.
财神到 财神到 财神到我家的大门口
迎财神 接财神 把财神接到我家里头
财神到 财神到 大家迎接财神到
While kids expect Santa Claus for Christmas, Chinese New Year culture welcomes God of Wealth to their homes. Having your house visited by the God of Wealth is believed to bring the family fortune and abundance.
And finally, to wish someone a happy new year in Chinese, you can say:
Xīnnián kuàilè wànshì rúyì
(Happy new year, may everything be as you wish)
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