Chinese New Year is a wonderful celebration that we can all enjoy regardless of where we come from. We have found a wonderful site with activities for your little ones to learn all about this ancient event that is celebrated all across Asia.
What Is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asia. It is a time of feasting with the family, celebration, fireworks and gift-giving. It is a 15-day holiday beginning on the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival.
The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, so the date of Chinese New Year changes every year. The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year pattern with each year named after an animal. There are various stories which explain this. The simplest is that Buddha (or the Jade Emperor) invited all of the animals to join him for a New Year celebration, but only 12 animals turned up. To reward the animals that did come, Buddha named a year after each of them in the order that they arrived, starting with the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Depending on the year you are born, you are believed to have the various character traits of that year's animal.
About Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a celebration of change ... out with the old and in with the new!
The events that occur during New Year’s Day can impact the rest of your year. Traditionally it is suggested that you be careful with your actions. Greet people with joy. To ensure a prosperous and healthy year, you should stimulate positive energy flow at home and at work.
Everything associated with Chinese New Year's Day should represent good fortune. Bright colours such as red, orange and gold are considered to be lucky.
Chinese New Year activities
Please visit Activity Village for loads of Chinese New Year activities including stories, posters, colouring in pages, craft and puzzles.
Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!
Wishing you all the most prosperous year in 2012!
Vanessa & Lauren