LAUREL, MD: As winter rolls on, more holidays continue to pop up on the calendar. Ones like Valentine’s Day are familiar to most, but what about other holidays? For children trying to understand holidays from other cultures, it often helps to have a favorite character explain the celebrations to them.
Just in time, Peppa Pig has a new book to help children understand Chinese New Year. The holiday is celebrated on Tuesday, February 5th. 2019 is The Year of the Pig.
Chinese New Year may confuse many westerners, but it is a holiday that is important in China and communities of Chinese descent. Marking the start of their year, Chinese New Year is tied to the lunar calendar, so it moves around.
Each year is also connected to one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
Learning about Chinese New Year
In her new book, Peppa and her classmates prepare a Chinese New Year celebration with their teacher, Madame Gazelle. They learn traditions that surround the holiday, like sweeping out the old year and hanging paper lanterns. Madame Gazelle explains that the New Year celebrations are all about family and good fortune.
The children learn that red is a lucky color. They make red cards to exchange and dress in red clothing. They learn about traditional foods of Chinese New Year, like tangerines.
Peppa’s favorite piece of the celebration is making a dragon for the dragon dance. The children get to maneuver the dragon in a show for their parents under fireworks in the evening.
Aside from this being a cute book using a beloved character to introduce children to Chinese New Year, the book also provides a list at the back out the book separate from the story with additional information.
You can use these facts to further your family’s understanding of the customs surrounding this holiday.
Stickers are included, so children to create their own parade with the characters from the story dressed for the dragon dance.
Peppa’s Chinese New Year is based on the popular TV series Peppa Pig. It was published by Scholastic Books on December 26, 2018, and available as a paperback picture book. It is recommended for children ages 4-8, although younger fans of the TV series would be interested as well. ISBN: 9781338541141