The reason for all the excitement is that the New Year approaches. The workmen and Mai Ling have returned home to celebrate this important occasion with their own families. No business will take place for the rest of the week and the yard will remain closed.
The Year of the Dragon approaches, while the Year of the Hare (special for Little Ming) is closing. The Dragon likes to be left alone, objects to change and is fond of the night time. At midnight in the dragon light the children will bow before Granma T and the New Year will be let in with fireworks and the burning of incense.
This special week will continue until the Festival of Lanterns, when more fireworks are set off and lanterns of all shapes and sizes will festoon the buildings.
In the meantime, complete the silhouette of a rocket firework using a double tangram (i.e two sets of the tangram) and go on to use both tangrams to design and colour a fearsome dragon.
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