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By Judith Jango-Cohen

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Lucky money! After New Year’s Day, there are still two more weeks of Chinese New Year. Each family celebrates in its own way. So does each city. Some places hold drum-thumping, stilt-walking, somersaulting parades. 38 Acrobats tumble. Bass drums rumble. Children perch on their parents’ shoulders. They clap for crazy clowns. They cheer as f lashy f loats glide by. 39 Dancers dress up as lions. These lions are not plain yellow like real lions. New Year lions may be purple, pink, green, and gold. They are trimmed with tassels and speckled with sequins.

Fireworks screech and burst open with a booming blast. The midnight sky is alive with light. 31 Chinese New Year comes in with a roaring racket. An old story tells us why. Many, many years ago, a beast lived in China. Every New Year’s Eve, it raged through villages. 32 It plucked up people and gulped them down. Then villagers discovered that loud sounds terrified the monster. Since then, earsplitting noise has been a custom of Chinese New Year. 33 A quiet ceremony takes place before bedtime. People welcome back the Kitchen God.

Children laugh and listen. They learn about the family before they were born. Everyone stays up to say good-bye to the old year. Little ones struggle against yawns and drooping eyelids. They do not want to miss the midnight excitement. Sometimes children fall asleep. But they wake up with a start at midnight. BING! PING! POW! 30 Firecrackers explode. Fireworks screech and burst open with a booming blast. The midnight sky is alive with light. 31 Chinese New Year comes in with a roaring racket.

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