Lunar Celebration Ideas
1. Make a
fresh start. Begin the New Year with a clean slate. You can
clean your house, wear new clothes, get a haircut, or payoff any
debts you might have.
2. Eat good
luck food. Share gifts of candies and fruit with family and
friends. Together, you can feast on good luck dishes such as dumplings
(See recipe.) This is believed to guarantee prosperous futures for
you and your loved ones.
positive energy. Think only good thoughts and say only kind
words to those around you, so that the New Year begins in a happy
your house. Paste red scrolls with good luck words around your
house. You can also make red paper lanterns to hang outside - check
out our special Lantern - Making Kit!
5. Give children
a special surprise. On New Year's Day, use our lucky money envelopes
(or make your own from the Activity
Kit.) Have children march it around for your own little parade!
6. Read books.
Learn more about the traditions and history of the Lunar New Year
by reading one of the many interesting and colorful books on the
7. Have a
Parade. Get creative and join in on the exciting tradition of
the Dragon Parade, on a smaller scale. Make your own mini-dragon
out of boxes, construction paper, tubes, and glitter. (This project
is outlined in the Chinese
New Year Activity Book.) Have children march it around for your
own little parade!
8. Have children
make "se-bae." Practice "filial piety" like
Korean families do, and give them money in a good
9. Play games.
Play the traditional Korean game Yut for New Year fun, of fly
kites if its not too cold!
good wishes. Teach children to say Happy New Year in Cantonese--"Gung
Hay Fat Choy!"