How to... celebrate Chinese New Year!

February 03, 2015

Chinese New Year 2015, or Spring Festival, begins on 19 February and lasts for 16 days. It is an important celebration in China as it signifies starting afresh. So you don’t miss out on the fun, Miles Kelly has found some Chinese New Year activities for kids and traditions that can be tried out in every home.

1. Cleaning the house – much like spring cleaning, the Chinese like to ‘sweep the dust away’ and say goodbye to the old year.

2. Put up some Chinese decorations such as paper cutouts and lanterns. These sometimes include scenes from nature or popular myths and legends.

3. Invite the family over for some traditional Chinese food. Here’s some easy recipes for an authentic taste of China.

4. Make and give out red envelopes to your children. These usually contain money so you could put their pocket money inside! The colour red represents good luck for the new year.

5. Teach children about the meaning of the Zodiac animals with these fun Chinese new year activities for kids.

Something to help kids remember that 2015 is the year of the goat...


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