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Dragon dancers perform in a Lunar New Year parade. In some areas, people keep the dragon body in a temple. They make a new head and tail for it every year. Community elders and guests often paint the dragon’s eyes. The day of the parade, people take the dragon body out of the temple. They attach the head and tail. After the parade, people burn the head and tail. Then they put the dragon body back.

During Lunar New Year, people exchange gifts. The most common gift to give and receive is a red envelope. Each envelope contains money. The red color is thought to bring good luck. Children and older people receive red envelopes from family members. Employers also give them to their employees.

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Making Connections


Families light lanterns during Lunar New Year. What is something your family does every year?


Have you read books about other holidays? What do they have in common with Lunar New Year? How are they different?


Lunar New Year started in China, but it spread around the world. Can you think of other holidays or practices that have spread from where they began?

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