The Chinese New Year starts on February 8th, 2016. It’s going to be the Year of the Monkey!
Here are some fun facts about the Chinese New Year:
- The orange is a fruit that symbolizes wealth and good fortune.
- Firecrackers are set off to start off the new year and ward off evil.
- Chinese New Year celebrations last for up to 15 days.
- Chinese New Year begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ends on the full moon 15 days later.
- Some traditions include a family reunion dinner, giving children red envelopes filled with money, and cleaning and decorating the house.
- The holiday ends with a festival where people hang red lanterns and attend a parade.
So, on to our kid craft in preparation for the Chinese New Year. We are not Chinese so I had to do some research on this holiday. When I make these paper lanterns with my son, I will tell him what I learned about the Chinese New Year so that he can learn about another culture and their traditions. You can read a book to your child about Chinese New Year. I found a few at Amazon.com
Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year by Joan Holub and Benrei Huang.
Chinese New Year paper lantern
Here are the materials you will need to make a paper lantern with your child:
- 12 x 12 gold or red scrapbook paper
- gold or decorative red washi tape
-Cut a 1 inch wide strip of red construction paper for the handle.
-Fold the remaining paper in half.
-At the folded edge, cut slits about one inch apart. Make sure that you stop about one inch from the other side of the paper.
-Apply washi tape along the top and bottom edge of the scrapbook paper.
-Unfold the paper and roll it into a tube to form a lantern and then overlap the edges about one inch and staple the bottom corners together.
-Attach the handle to the top with staples.
You can make many red and gold lanterns and use string to hang them to decorate for the Chinese New Year. Wishing you good fortune in this new year,