fireworks over pagoda

Fireworks are traditionally used to scare away evil spirits from the year to come. In addition to the firecrackers, the celebrations feature music and dancing. And everything is decked in red and gold, signifying luck and wealth…

In China, people made more than 3.5 billion trips this week in order to celebrate with their families. Most traveled from the country’s fast-growing, industrializing cities back to the countryside, to their families’ ancestral homes. The mass movement—called chunyun in China—is a major logistics challenge. It involves hundreds of millions of people and is humanity’s biggest annual migration…

In addition to visiting family, celebrants also traditionally avoid a number of taboos on New Years Day, including taking medicine, washing hair, sweeping, or killing things. To break the rules would be to invite bad luck. –Brian Clark Howard

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a family during the Chinese New Year.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a traditional celebration in your family.

Art Prompt: Chinese New Year

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a family celebration.

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