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These colorful designs were made to celebrate Diwali (Hindu New Year)! What do you think they’re made out of?
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People make them out of colored sand! They’re called Rangoli. People use different tools to move the sand into shapes.
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People also make Rangoli using flower petals or colored rice. They can be made outside or in people’s homes, often by doorways.
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During Thai New Year, water is poured on people as a blessing. How else can you pour or spray water, other than from buckets?
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Some people use squirt guns! It’s very hot out during New Year (Songkran) in Thailand--another great reason for spraying water!
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Check out these giant lanterns! They’re made for a Lantern Festival during Lunar New Year! How do you think they’re made?
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Watch as these people make one. First, they use wire to make a large shape. Then, they cover the wire with colorful fabric or cloth!
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Look at the animal lanterns again--can you see the wires underneath the colorful cloth?
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What do you think these are? Hint: Americans often use these to celebrate the New Year!
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It’s the inside of a firework! Each ball has chemicals that explode. Look what happens when you put them in different patterns!
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Check out this dancing lion, another important part of Lunar New Year! What do you think makes the lions dance?
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There are two people underneath! One person wears the head, which is like a puppet--pulling a string inside makes the eyes blink!
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Lion dances started as a New Year’s tradition. But now there are competitions where lion dancers balance on tall poles!
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Watch these lion dancers practice without their costume on!
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