The Chinese calendar follows the moon and divides the years into groups of twelve. Each year is named for an animal. People born in that year are believed to share different traits. The first of the twelve years is the Year of the Rat. This is followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Because the Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, the date of Chinese New Year changes each year. – dlkt
When I think of the Chinese New Year I’m reminded of my childhood bestie who often shared many Chinese traditions with my Mom and I. His parents would give us heaping bags of citrus fruit for the new year, little red envelopes, and take us out to dinner in China town.
The streets were always lit up in festive colors and stores were filled with treats to represent good luck, longevity, wholeness and unity amongst other delightful meanings.
Now that I’m a Mom, I enjoy sharing my childhood memories through crafting. My girls find it fascinating to read their Chinese zodiac and see which animal represents their inner animal.
Here are a few of my favorite Pinable crafts your kids will enjoy!
How to make Chinese Lanterns
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The Chinese Zodiac
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Chinese New Year Fans
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Chinese New Year Cupcake Liner Fortune Cookies
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Appetizers, crafts and fun!
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