Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is China's most important festival. It is time for families to be together and a week of an official public holiday.
Chinese New Year 2021 falls on 12 February 2021, beginning a year of the Ox.
The main Chinese New Year activities include 1) putting up decorations, 2) eating reunion dinner with family on New Year's Eve, 3) firecrackers and fireworks, and 4) giving red envelopes and other gifts. There are lots of ways which we can get involved at home and learn a little bit more about these traditions here are some ideas to start you off:
1. Read the story of the Ox from Chinese Astrology
You can easily find versions to look at together online.
2. Try some Chinese food
Share a chinese take away or home cooked meal with you family. Why not try using chopsticks and see if you can master the skill.
If you fill a small bowl with cotton wool balls, younger children might enjoy trying to pick them up and transfer them to the new bowl with chopsticks. Perhaps you could make it competitive and have a family race!
3. Make an egg carton chinese dragon
Here are some instructions to make a great dragon out of an egg carton:
1. Cut out the sections of an empty egg carton and paint them red
2. Carefully thread a piece of wool all the way through the sides of the sections with a needle so that you have one long connected "snake" and tie off the ends to secure them.
3. Draw or stick eyes and a long tongue on to the end section to make the head
4. Decorate the whole dragon with any bright colours, stickers, glitter, sequins or any other bits and pieces from your craft supplies to finish it off.
Local Mum of two boys and editor of Raring2go! in Solihull and South Warwickshire.