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Thursday, January 30th, 2014

18 Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Crafts, Food and Children’s Books

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18 Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year/ © Nestor Lacle

The Lunar New Year (also known as the Chinese New Year, Tet in Vietnam and Seollal in Korea) is the most celebrated holiday of the year across many Asian countries. The New Year flushes out the old and welcomes in the new, making space for happiness, wealth, luck and longevity. It’s a time to spend with friends and relatives and stresses the importance of family ties. 
In the days before the New Year, people begin “spring” cleaning. The old is swept away to clear room for the coming year’s good fortune.

 

In China, the celebration last for two weeks, during which time people visit one another and exchange gifts. It is a great time for reconciliation. Old grudges are forgiven. The entire celebration culminates on the 15th day in the Lantern Festival.

 

To help you celebrate the Lunar New Year, here are a ton of fun ideas from a host of different bloggers on crafts, food, children’s books and lessons plans. Short on time? Then don’t miss 10 Things to do for the Chinese New Year to get some quick ideas on how to celebrate.

 

Lunar-New-Year-Craft
Courtesy: Kid World Citizen, 4 Crazy Kings, Miss Panda Chinese

 

Craft

 

Easy paper plate dragon craft

 

5 fun crafts for the Lunar New Year

 

15 Chinese New Year crafts from preschool to elementary from Kid World Citizen

 

Tissue paper lantern from a balloon

 

Adorable dragon crowns from 4 Crazy Kings

 

Chinese paper craft to learn the character for spring from Miss Panda Chinese

 

Lunar-New-Year-Food
Courtesy: Marie Pastiche, Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook, InCultureParent

 

Eat

 

Make some traditional yuanxiao for dessert.

 

Better yet plan a whole Chinese meal like this delicious one from Marie Pastiche.

 

How about some fresh Vietnamese spring rolls from the Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook?

 

Lunar-New-Year-Books
Courtesy: Boy Mama Teacher Mama, Marie Pastiche, I’m Not the Nanny, Miss Panda Chinese

 

Read

 

4 favorite children’s books for the Chinese New Year from Marie Pastiche

 

8 books for the Chinese New Year from InCultureParent

 

A comprehensive list of books on the Chinese New Year from Boy Mama Teacher Mama

 

7 books for lunar New Year that includes two books for Tet, the Vietnamese New year from I’m Not the Nanny

 

12 Chinese New Year and culture books from Miss Panda Chinese

 

Lunar-New-Year-Educate
Courtesy: Kid World Citizen, After School for Smarty Pants, HapaMama,

 

Educate

 

A lesson plan for Chinese New Year with props and stories from Kid World Citizen.

 

8 ways to teach elementary-aged kids about China from After School for Smarty Pants.

 

And finally How to Teach Chinese New Year at School without stereotypes from HapaMama!

 

Gung hay fat choy! We hope you enjoy celebrating the Lunar New Year. All this celebration made us hungry, so we’re off to eat some dumplings and find some scallion pancakes.

© 2014, Stephanie Meade. All rights reserved.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Stephanie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InCultureParent. She has two Moroccan-American daughters (ages 5 and 6), whom she is raising, together with her husband, bilingual in Arabic and English at home, while also introducing Spanish. After many moves worldwide, she currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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4 Comments
  1. CommentsMarie-Claude Leroux   |  Friday, 31 January 2014 at 3:51 am

    What a great resource! Thanks for including my posts – Best wishes in the Year of the Horse!

  2. CommentsBicultural Mama   |  Friday, 31 January 2014 at 9:09 am

    Great Resources!

  3. CommentsHao Mama 好妈妈 » Blog Archive » Celebrating Lunar New Year   |  Friday, 31 January 2014 at 11:03 am

    […] you are looking for ways to celebrate at home, InCulture Parent has posted a really useful round-up of craft projects, recipes and books. In our house, two books that are especially popular this year are The Year of the Horse: Tales […]

  4. CommentsJennifer DeCristoforo   |  Tuesday, 29 March 2016 at 5:32 pm

    This is a great collection of ideas for Chinese culture projects from some of my favorite bloggers! Thanks!









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