This Friday, millions around the world will celebrate Lunar New Year, not just the “Chinese New Years.
In Vietnam, it is called TET and you can learn more about it here. Like celebrated on January 1st, it is a time for family, cleaning out the old, celebration and ‘starting fresh.’ As I just came out of our 1st Grade Collaboration meeting, it is always good to remind ourselves that cultures around the world have similarities and differences. And even within a country or culture, we find idiosyncrasies (or unique ways to celebrate). Happy learning and remember that if any of your Lunar New Year celebrating families arrive to Zoom tired on Friday, you might know why. 😊
Finally, I am going to take this opportunity to give some recommendations:
Book for kids
Inside out and back again
We actually just read this to our K/2 grade kids and it was so good. Written in poetry form, it tells the story of a 10 year old that leaves Vietnam and her story coming/integrating into the United States. So much of this story resonates with my family’s immigration story.
Books for adults
- Catfish and Mandala
- The Book of Salt
- The Sympathizer
- The Kiss Quotient (if you need to get lost in the romance genre)
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“Chúc Mừng Năm Mới”
Assistant Principal, Alderwood Elementary
Bonus: Photo of my daughter wearing an ao dai (a traditional Vietnamese dress) My dress from when I was a kid. 😉