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

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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.

Crafts for the Lunar New Year

Food for the Lunar New Year

Books for the Lunar New Year

What is the Lunar New Year for Kids?

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.

Photo by john xiao on Unsplash

Originally published in 2014.

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