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Tales of the Chinese New Year



Tales of the Chinese New Year

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.01

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     challenging words:    mythical, livestock, important, celebration, holiday, legend, attack, beast, people, protect, instead, tale, fight, village, also, even
     content words:    Chinese New Year, Spring Festival, Lunar New Year, New Year


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Tales of the Chinese New Year
By Jody Williams
  

1     The Chinese New Year is an important holiday for Chinese people all over the world. It has also been called the Spring Festival. Many people call it the Lunar New Year. It is a time to celebrate. Family gathers. Friends visit. The celebration includes food, dragon dances, and fireworks.
 
2     Chinese legend says that the New Year started with a fight. The tale says that a mythical beast appeared. Its name was Nian. Nian means "year" in Chinese. Nian would come on the first day of the New Year. It would eat livestock and crops. Some even say that it would attack villagers. Villagers would put food outside their doors as a way to protect themselves. They hoped that Nian would eat the food instead of them.

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