Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year! by cjd-sign featuring Chinese Items.





Year 2015 is the Year of the Sheep/Goat
 This tradition has been evolving since the 14th century BC to become the Chinese Celebration it is today.

The Chinese New Year starts the middle of the 12the month  and goes threw the middle of the 1st month with the waxing of the moon.

 However, this changes upon the Lunar Cycle. Such as, the middle of the month of January to the middle of February. This is based both on the Gregorian (Western) and lunar-solar calendar systems, but the day of start and end differs from year to year. The Chinese year ends in the first month of the Gregorian Calendar.

 
The Dragon is a Symbol of the Emperor of China. This legendary creature is a very important symbol in Chinese mythology and folklore.


Below is a place mat from Oriental Trading Company.
Color Your Own Chinese New Year Place Mats

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This Chinese New Year Celebration is also called, The Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, and is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. 
Traditionally, the parties are filled with lots of RED. Red is a symbolic of Good Luck. 
Red Round Tablecloth

There are lanterns, red table cloths,  fireworks, fans, streamers, candles and more!  I have included some fun things for my homeschooler folks to link up to for fun topic ideas, games and decorations.
 All item photos are seen on:  Oriental Trading Company. click links, under each photo, for more information. 


Origins of Chinese New Year: http://chineseculture.about.com/od/chinesefestivals/tp/Chinese-New-Year-Guide-Prepare-And-Celebrate-Chinese-New-Year.htm

I am not advertising these companies or websites. It is just information and credit for the photos used in this blog. Thank You.
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The Chinese New Year lasts the whole lunar cycle, 15 days, long and has a parade on the first day of the Celebration. This day is much like our New Year's Day celebrations with friends & family. However, like we travel for Christmas, the Chinese travel for the Chinese Lunar Celebration gathering together to eat and welcome in the New Year.

Here is an article for 50 Chinese New Year Facts that are very cool to know.
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Here are the First Ten of the Fifty Facts:

  1. The date for Chinese New Year varies from year to year based on the lunar cycle. It always falls sometime in January or February.
  2. The whole holiday actually lasts fifteen days.
  3. The most important day of Chinese New Year is Chinese New Year’s eve and the first day of Chinese New Year – traditionally the day for the Chinese New Year parade. People in Hong Kong will take two or three days off work, in China up to a week.
  4. It’s estimated that a sixth of the world celebrate Chinese New Year, including more than 1 billion Chinese citizens.
  5. Chinese New Year is the world’s largest human migration as Chinese workers travel home to their families.
  6. In 2010 an estimated 210 million hit the planes, buses and trains – the equivalent to the whole population of Brazil packing their suitcases. In China, where much of the migration takes place, it’s been claimed that trains are so overcrowded that people wear diapers for their +24hr journeys home.
  7. The world record for most texts sent in a day is broken each year during Chinese New Year. The current record stands at 19 billion.
  8. Depending on who you listen to, Chinese New Year in 2011 is either 4709, 4708, or 4648 and we still don’t have flying cars or hover skateboards.
  9. Chinese New Year isn’t only celebrated in China. In Vietnam, Singapore and some other Asian countries, they also celebrate the “Lunar New Year” as well as in Chinatown’s around the world.
  10. Always a country that likes the supersize option, China currently holds the record for the world’s largest organized fireworks display. On Chinese New Year’s eve fireworks are let off all over the city and it’s believed to be the biggest non organized fireworks display on the planet --- and each year it only gets bigger. 
Here is the link to read more ... 11-50 LINK: Fun Facts
Candles are lit for the celebration.

As Seen On: http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/World/chinesecandleholder/chinesecandleholder.html    With Instructions.
A Candle to make for the New Year Celebration. Adults should lite the candle.
The two flowers most associated with the New Year are the plum blossom and the water narcissus. Flowers form an important symbol for the Chinese New Year - See more at: http://www.123chinesenewyear.com/symbols/#sthash.k3RZEmy6.dpuf
Plum Blossom
The Flowers associated with the Chinese New Year are the plum blossom and the water narcissus. It is believed that if the white flowers blossom exactly on the day of the New Year, it indicates good fortune for the ensuing twelve months.
If the white flowers blossom exactly on the day of the New Year, it is believed to indicate good fortune for the ensuing twelve months - See more at: http://www.123chinesenewyear.com/symbols/#sthash.k3RZEmy6.dpuf
Water Narcissus. As seen on pinterest.com
Money is given to Children and Young Adults at New Year's Time in Red Envelopes for Luck!  Gifts are also exchanged in families, much like Christmas Day.

I hope you enjoyed this blog. Please leave comments and as always, Enjoy!!!



The two flowers most associated with the New Year are the plum blossom and the water narcissus. Flowers form an important symbol for the Chinese New Year - See more at: http://www.123chinesenewyear.com/symbols/#sthash.k3RZEmy6.dpuf
The two flowers most associated with the New Year are the plum blossom and the water narcissus. Flowers form an important symbol for the Chinese New Year - See more at: http://www.123chinesenewyear.com/symbols/#sthash.k3RZEmy6.dpuf

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