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In ancient times, according to legend, there was a horrible creature called nian (the same as the word for "year" ) that appeared at the end of the year. The beast attacked the people and their livestock, and even though the villagers fought fiercely together, they never succeeded in destroying the creature. After many failures, the villagers discovered nian had three weaknesses ----- it was frightened by noise, it disliked sunshine, and it was terrified of the color red. So, at the end of the year, the people built a huge bonfire outside the village, set off hundreds of firecrackers and painted the doors of their houses red. Upon seeing the commotion, the nian monster became so panicked that it covered its head in fear and ran away. And this is how, some say, that bright red became the color of the New Year.
2. Do you know why we celebrate the Spring Festival
and when was this most important Chinese festival
Customs(symbols) of the Spring Festival
set off fireworks
set off firecrackers
Carnival of African-Americans
It is celebrated through singing, speaking, dancing and reciting traditions.
1. What does the text mainly tell us?
2. Why did people create Kwanzaa?
Date (how long)___________
Meaning _first fruit__
1.What can we learn from those festivals like Christmas, Spring Festival etc.?
2. True or False
Day 1 - middle candle - Black - Umoja - UnityDay 2 - innermost red candle - Kujichagulia - Self-determinationDay 3 - innermost green candle - Ujima – living together
Day 4 - middle red candle - Ujamaa – working together
Day 5 - middle green candle - Nia - PurposeDay 6 - outermost red candle - Kuumba - CreativityDay 7 - outermost green candle - Imani - Faith