Today is the Beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, the year of the Monkey.
Why Do People Celebrate Chinese New Year?
Although there are many interesting legends and stories explaining the start of the Chinese New Year festival, the main two reasons for the festival are:
- To celebrate a year of hard work, have a good rest, and relax with family
- To wish for a lucky and prosperous coming year
Chinese people believe that a good start to the year will lead to a lucky year. Chinese traditionally celebrated the start of a new year of farm work, and wished for a good harvest (when most were farmers). This has now evolved to celebrating the start of a new business year and wishing for profits and success in various vocations.
You and your children can join in the celebration by making some simple PAPER LANTERNS. All you need is colorful paper and a pair of scissors, glue or tape and a string to hang if you wish.
When you’re finished cutting, tape or glue the edges together so the lantern can stand up as shown in the photo. You can also hang them if you wish. For more ideas and awesome lantern photos, check out these websites: