Chinese New Year

by Ryan Lee

Krack-a-boooooommmm! It’s loud! That’s the sound of a fire cracker. It’s Chinese New Year, where we set off fireworks to scare away evil spirits.

Another tradition is the dragon dance. The dragon is a red and yellow costume that is used to scare away evil spirits. The Chinese believe that red is good luck.

Another red tradition is scrolls. Scrolls can be bought or you can make your own by using “scroll paper,” gold paint, and a paintbrush. The scrolls have good luck sayings on them; for example: “Everything will go your way!”

On the day before Chinese New Year, we have a feast that is called nian ye fan, or “New Year’s Night Feast.” In it are dumplings, rice cakes, and oranges, which mean good luck.

On the first day of Chinese New Year, children are given red envelopes, or hongbao. They contain money, and you put the red envelope under your pillow. The Chinese believe that the bad spirits don’t want to be crushed like the red envelopes, so they stay away from you.

At night, people might send up red lanterns. They also believe that how you behave on the first day of Chinese New Year will reflect on your luck during the whole year.

So, with all this in your head, will you have all good luck, all bad luck, or is it somewhere in between?


Ryan Lee is a third-grader in northern California. He learned to read at a very young age, and he enjoys writing a lot. Hero stories are his favorite. Although he likes to read and write, his favorite subject in school is math. Ryan also likes swimming and skiing. He enjoys listening to music, singing karaoke with his dad, doing Snap Circuit projects and assembling remote-controlled robots.