Monday, January 31, 2022

Spring Chinese Festival ~ Fiesta de Primavera China

 The Spring Festival is the most important celebration for the Chinese New Year. Although the meaning and methods of celebrating the Spring Festival have changed over time, it is still the most important festival in the Chinese tradition with a seven-day holiday. The highlight is New Year's Eve and the first day of the first lunar month. This year, Tuesday, February 1st. begins the Year of the Tiger.      

Families carry out many activities throughout the country to welcome the Spring Festival similar to Christmas' celebrations in the Western countries. For example, they clean their houses, wash their clothes and lines. The new fresh clothes and clean sheets mean a fresh new year. Also the purchase of New Year's gifts is an important part. It is also customary to wear festival dresses and visit or welcome visitors. The most importat part of the celebration is to travel and visit relatives.      

In South China, the main dinner usually has more than ten meals including bean curd and fish, because the pronunciation of these two meals is "rich" in the Chinese language. In North China, most of the meeting meals are dumplings, which are made and eaten by the whole family.Usually the New Year is celebrated with the representation of art groups and fairs in the big parks to provide people with art and culture. And fireworks are made during New Year's Eve, on the eve of the first day of the lunar month. 

Happy New Year!

Recommended Book for the Month

Celebrate Chinese New Year with this festive introduction for kids ages 6 to 9 by Eugenia Chu  (Author)

This engaging book for kids explains the history, folklore, traditions, and customs of Chinese New Year and includes interactive activities that encourage kids to celebrate at home or in their communities. This Chinese New Year kids’ book includes:

  • Diverse traditions—From festivals and parades to relaxation and cooking, kids will learn how Chinese New Year is celebrated in different ways.
  • Fun, hands-on activities—Kids can explore a variety of ways to get festive, like making Chinese dumplings, paper lanterns, and their very own Chinese Zodiac calendar.
  • Fascinating facts and pictures—Colorful illustrations and fascinating factoids help bring Chinese New Year to life for your child.

Other books:

Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) by Eugenia Chu is an illustrated children's story that mixes American and Chinese cultures, bringing not only traditions together, but also the two languages. I recommend this book for the cultural traditional and appreciation of family value. 
Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan  tells the story of Marisa who makes dumplings to celebrate New Year, but she worries if anyone will eat her funny-looking dumplings. Set in the Hawaiian islands, this tale celebrates the joyful mix of food, customs, and languages from many cultures.

Fiesta de Primavera China
Similar al Día de Navidad, la Fiesta de Primavera es la celebración más importante para los chinos. Aunque el significado y los métodos de celebración de la Fiesta de Primavera han cambiado con el tiempo, sigue siendo la fiesta más importante de la tradición China. Este año, martes primero de febrero, se inicia el Año del Tigre.
Las  familias realizan muchas actividades en todo el país para dar la bienvenida a la Fiesta de Primavera. Por ejemplo, limpian sus casas, lavan su ropa y tendidos de cama. La nueva ropa fresca y sábanas limpias significan un año nuevo fresco. También la compra de regalos de Año Nuevo es parte importante. También se acostumbra llevar vestidos de festival y visitar o dar la bienvenida a los visitantes. Sin embargo, los viajes son lo más importante de celebración de la Fiesta de Primavera. 
En el Sur China, la cena de reunión por lo general tiene más de diez comidas incluyendo la cuajada de frijol y el pescado, porque la pronunciación de estas dos comidas es "rico" en la lengua china. En el Norte China, la mayor parte de las comidas de reunión es bolas de masa hervida, que son hechas y comidas por la familia entera.
Por lo general se celebran el Año Nuevo con la representación de grupos de arte y ferias en los grandes parques para proveer a la gente el arte y la cultura. Y se hacen fuegos artificiales durante la Nochevieja, en Víspera del primer día del mes lunar. 

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Thank you for your support!🌷 #LuzDelMes 🌠


Maritza Martínez Mejía

Mother, Author, Educator, Translator and Publisher
Member: FWA, MCBD Board of AdvisorsANLMI
International Read to Me! Day Ambassador.
Received Crystal Apple Award, VCB Poetry Award, Latino Book Awards 2016 & Author’s Talk

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Poetry for Peace - Poesía por la paz

A year ago, "Poetry for Peace" started via Zoom to reflect peace to cultivate unity among authors from around the world throughout poetry. This year, I will open a monthly blog post in LuzDelMes about the topic “Peace for Unity.” Each month, a poem will be promoted.

The Objective: Reach inner peace throughout poetry. #PoetryforPeace #LuzDelMes

During January 2021, we read poems by Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941). The bard of Bengal who brought out the essence of Eastern spirituality in his poetry like no other poet. The Poem by Rabindranath Tagore: "Peace, My Heart"  was written as part of his cycle, "The Gardener" (1915). He uses "peace" in the sense of finding peace in the face of impending death.

 Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet.
 Let it not be a death but completeness.
 Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.
 Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest.
 Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night.
 Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last
words in silence. I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.

This year 2022, LuzdelMes remembers Thích Nhất Hạnh
a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, prolific author and poet
Watch Video: January 2021: 

LuzDelMes Poem of the Month:
Light and Love by Author Yvona Fast
Depths of inequality, despair of pandemic disease,
Disastrous effects of mistreating our Earth.
Chaotic, painful darkness invades.
In the darkness,light shines.
Sun beams down through trees to the forest floor.

Shadows yield new light.
Changing hate into love, War into peace.
Light brings awareness.
Once we saw darkly – now we see clearly
The evils of injustice, hate, destruction, disease.

Dark times lead to new,
Life-giving light – the light of justice, of peace, of love.
Now we seek out the Light, embracing the power of love,
Using our creativity and gifts to enable dim lights to grow brighter,
To shine love into cloudy days and sunny days,
Dim days and radiant days. In the deepest darkness light dawns.

The light of love glistens, glitters, glows and grows.
Share the love. Be the light.
"If I asked darkness to cover me and light to become night around me, 
That darkness would not be dark to you, Night would be as light as day." —Psalm 139

 ¡Poesía por la Paz!

Hace un año, "Poesía por la Paz" comenzó a través de Zoom para reflexionar sobre la paz para cultivar la unidad entre autores de todo el mundo a través de la poesía. Este año, abriré una publicación mensual en el BLOG LuzDelMes sobre el tema "Paz para la Unidad". 

En enero 2021 exploramos la poesía de Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) el poeta bengalí, premio nobel de literatura 1913. El 2022, LuzdelMes recuerda Thích Nhat Hạnh (1926-2022) monje budista zen, escritor, poeta y activista por la paz vietnamita. 

POEMA DEL MES DE: Roberto Abril
... La paz no llega al alma

Vuelan aviones militares;
como jugar con juguetitos,
...los ven los niñitos...
demoliendo hogares;
... La paz no llega al alma;

Bañando de sangre a pueblecitos,
Destruyendo cuidadades;
Con endeudamientos inpagables;
Reconctrucción y reparaciones,
... La paz no llega al alma;

De las naciones apoderarse:
"No soy profeta; ni hijo de profeta".
PAZ para los que luchan por la bendita tierra,
Libre de banqueros, de militares de desastres:
... La paz no llega al alma;

Por Jesús de amores:<<Mi PAZ les dejo mi paz les doy>>
"No soy profeta; ni hijo de profeta"
Les dejo los cuadernos, lo papeles,
las libretas, llenas de palabras huecas...
que no provienen de poetas...
... La paz no llega al alma.

Thank you for your support!🌷 #LuzDelMes 🌠
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, Board of Advisors MCBD, ANLMI, Read to Me Day Embassador

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Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk

Friday, January 28, 2022

About Multicultural Children's Book Day 2022

Diversity in children’s literature has been a topic of concern to movements like Multicultural Children’s Book DayAuthors, illustrators, educators and bloggers have been an important element to make sure children have access to books that celebrate diversity. Feature characters from diverse cultures, countries and race are an important building block of the learning process in classroom and at home. It is fundamental to teach students from early age that different does not mean to be wrong.

When I was a child,  I always dreamed of traveling around the world , visiting different places, meeting people with different languages, and tasting delicious foods from around the world... I perfect dream that I made it reality over the years.

I’m pleased to be part of MCBD since June 2015 not only as an author, but also as a Reviewer to Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This event has helped me promote my books, increase followers in my social media, and meet authors from around the world.

As a Book Reviewer, I've received, free of cost, books to review and donate to my local school library or classroom teacher who requests books for students. The reviews will be added to the Massive Review Linky on the date of the event. 
My reviews and activities will be posted on Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and my BLOG LuzDelMes .
This year, I have the honor to review one of the books from great Pack-n-Go Girls! Mystery of the Golden Temple (Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures - Thailand #1)

I’m reviewing this book as part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) in its 9th year. This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.

MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

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MCBD 2022 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

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Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party! Be sure and follow MCBD and Make A Way Media on Twitter!

This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas. We will be giving away an 8-Book Bundle every 5 minutes plus Bonus Prizes as well! **US and Global participants welcome. **

                                                    Use hashtag:#ReadYourWorld 

As a Board of Advisor 
I invite you to join this adventure
Maritza M. Mejia
Mother, Author, Educator, Translator and Publisher
Member: FWA, MCBD Board of AdvisorsANLMI Delegate
International Read to Me! Day Ambassador.
Received Crystal Apple Award, VCB Poetry Award, Latino Book Awards 2016 & Author’s Talk