For Chinese New Year here at Larsen, we were privileged to have Mr. & Mrs. Robison come and speak to the 1st grade and 5th grade students about the culture and traditions that are customary in China for the New Year Celebration. Mrs. Robison spent 2 years living there while serving an LDS Mission. The celebration lasts 15 days and this year is the year of the horse. The Chinese calendar has 12 different animal symbols which rotate every year.
Some of the different customs celebrating the New Year are a lot different than ours here in the United States. The older generation will give money in fancy envelopes to everyone in their family as long as they are not married. They believe that oranges symbolize wealth and good luck, and firecrackers bring luck and new life. They also drink a lot of tea and they do not think that cold water is good for you.
Rice is one of their mainstays for food and they do not use silverware. Instead they have mastered the art of eating with chopsticks.
Mr. & Mrs. Robison were nice enough to bring several different things for everyone to taste and sample. The students got to try White Rabbit candy, Strawberry and Chocolate wafer sticks, Lucky Candy and Chrysanthemum Tea.
A BIG thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Robison for coming and introducing us to something fun and new. WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!