Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Chinese New Year - Dragon Dance & Round Up of Dragon Crafts

You can find all our posts on Chinese New Year HERE

Photo Credit: Jim Nix
The pearl in a dragon's mouth gives it power to fly to the heavens, as Chinese dragons have no wings

Dragons are believed to bring good luck, and are seen as in control of the seasons and the weather. For the Spring Festival, dragons need to be awakened with much noise and clamor to bring forth the rain for the beginning of spring.

Photo Credit: Melissa Evans

The dragon dance is performed for the Lunar New Year as part of the celebrations to attract good luck into the coming year. Its long body is held up with bamboo poles by many young men, and is generally 100 feet long, though some can be as long as 225 feet. The longer the dragon is, the more luck it will bring. The dances take months, and sometimes years to learn.

Why not try one of the following dragon dance inspired crafts:

This entire dragon puppet is printable (!) and comes in 4 different colors - isn't it incredible?
(I didn't come across this until much later in the year, but we will be making it some time)
It can be found at Faltmanufaktur in English and German

Chinese Dragon Puppet at Spoonful (previously Family Fun)

A Chinese Dragon Puppet by That Artist Woman

A Paper Dragon at Martha Stewart
Chinese Paper Dragon at Craft Jr.

A Chinese Dragon Lantern from Martha Stewart

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