Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Chinese New Year

Hello lovelies! I don't know if many of you know, but January 23rd marks the day of the Chinese New Year. It is considered the biggest holiday in China! This year marks the year of the Dragon. (Click HERE to discover your Chinese zodiac). There are many cool, unique traditions that go along with this holiday. For example, the giving of the red bags. This is when parents give their children money in a red bag that signifies good luck for the year. Parents also give their own parents the red bags to signify a longer and fuller life.  My boyfriend's family is from China, so I get the privilege of celebrating with them! They go all out! His grandma makes dumplings the night before and puts pennies in some of them (after they've been boiled and cleaned, of course), and whoever has a penny in their dumpling, gets a dollar. The goal is to eat as many dumplings as you can, to get the most money! Fun, huh?! You can read more about Chinese New Year HERE.  I love learning about Ben's family's culture, and it is so fun to be a part of. Everyone should celebrate Chinese New Year! It would be a fun themed party and a good excuse to get all of your friends or family together. Today I'm going to show you some crafts you can DIY for Chinese New Year, and in later posts, I will be giving you recipes and good ideas for decorations! I will also be posting pictures from last year's Chinese New Year celebration. I hope you'll be just as excited as I am! Click on the sources below for your DIY tutorials!




Sources for DIY projects!!!
Row 1, Picture 1: All About Ami
Row 1, Picture 2: nifty thrifty things
Row 1, Picture 3: forty weeks...and then some
Row 2, Picture 1: forty weeks...and then some
Row 2, Picture 2: Fairy Fox (No DIY tutorial)
Row 2, Picture 3: Kaboose
Row 3, Picture 1: Omiyage
Row 3, Picture 2: Kaboose
Row 3, Picture 3: Creative Kismet

3 comments:

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  2. What a fun tradition with the dumplings and the money! I don't really know anything about the Chinese New Year except that I'm a rooster. That's awesome you get to experience these traditions! Can't wait to see pictures.

    -Mar

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  3. id love to celebrate chinese new year ! loving your blog your so creative hunnie keep posting xx

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