Celebrating Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, has been celebrated in China for over 4,000 years and falls on January 28, 2017. It is a celebration meant to honor deities, ancient ancestors, and to forge strong family bonds. Rituals in daily life, annual celebrations, other events to honor individuals and relationships are some of the things that help to create happy families. Here are some suggestions for celebrating Chinese New Year with your family and creating strong bonds in your own home.

 

#1 Five Minute Chinese Lanterns

Red Chinese lanterns have been a part of Chinese celebrations for millennia. What once began as a practical means of controlling an open flame became an avenue of artistic expression. Make these with your own family.

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Click image to see directions in making these Chinese Lanterns from spendwithpennies.com

 

 

#2 Chinese Dragon Puppet

Chinese dragons are a symbol of importance and power, in particular power over agriculture. The dragons in Chinese New Year celebration dances were seen as an invitation for a prosperous new year. Make these dragons and invite a good year into your own home.

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Click image for directions from madewithhappy.com

 

 

#3 Paper Blossoms

Paper blossoms are another representation of prosperity in the coming year. And, they are a very pretty decoration.

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Click image for tutorial from pinkstripeysocks.com

 

 

#4 Good Luck Door Ornament

A popular Chinese New Year decoration is the “Fu”, or “good luck”, symbol turned upside down on the outer door of a home. By turning the symbol upside down, they are “pouring out luck” upon their home. Make these with your family and pour a little luck out on yourself.

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Click image for instructions from sandinmytoes.tk

 

 

#5 Pellet Drum

These pellet drums are an easy recreation of a Chinese drum called the Bolang Gu. These drums were always used in Chinese New Year’s celebrations.

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Click image for directions to make these Pellet Drums from giftofcuriosity.com

 

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