October 21

The Customs of the Dragon Boat Festival-A

端午節的習俗 The Customs of the Dragon Boat Festival

你身上怎麽有一種特別的香味呢?How come you have such a special fragrance on?

今天是農曆五月五日端午節,我挂了一個香包。Today is the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. I am carrying a potpourri pouch.

真漂亮。材料是什麽呢?It looks so pretty.  What is it made from?

用絲綫和綢布做的,裏面有香料,據說可以辟邪。It is made from silk cords and silk fabric, and is stuffed with fragrant herbs.

It’s said that it can ward off evil spirits.

端午節還有什麽習俗? Are there any other special customs on the day of Dragon Boat festival?

太多了, 像包粽子啦,划龍舟啦,都很有意思。There are quite a few, like eating rice dumplings and racing dragon boats. They are all very interesting.

粽子是用什麽做的?What are rice dumplings made of?

用竹葉把糯米和肉、香菇、蛋黃包起來。The filling of rice dumplings is composed of sticky rice, meat, mushroom, and yolk,

and is wrapped with bamboo leaves.

愛吃甜的,裏面可以包紅豆餡兒。There is also sweet flavor filled with red beans.  Tomorrow,

明天帶一個給你嚐嚐。I will bring you one to taste.

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October 14

Chinese New Year-B

過新年Chinese New Year

新年時,中國城裡有舞龍舞獅的表演。

In this Chinese New Year, there will be a dragon and lion dance in Chinatown.

我們帶孩子們去看熱鬧吧。

Let’s take the children to see the performance.

裝壓歲前的紅包袋,準備好了嗎?

Have you prepared the red envelopes for New Year’s money yet?

早就買好了。記得打電話向爸媽拜年。

I bought them a long time ago.  Remember to call Dad and Mom to offer New Year greetings.

今年應該是龍年吧?

This year should be the year of Dragon, right?

沒錯,按照十二生肖的順序,應該是龍年。

Right. According to the order of the 12 animals of the zodiac, it should be the year of the dragon.

據說,龍年會是吉祥的一年。

It is said that the year of the dragon is full of good luck.

新年新希望,我希望新的一年能萬事如意。

I really hope that during this New Year all our wishes can come true.

 

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