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In 2015, the Lunar New Year starts on February 19th, ringing in the Year of the Sheep. Preparations for Chinese New Year start weeks ahead, and the celebration traditionally lasts for two weeks, ending with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day.
With noisemakers, lanterns, money envelopes and dumplings, we love celebrating Chinese New Year. And in the following posts, you can learn everything you wanted to know about the festival, as well as books to read, crafts and decorations to make for celebrating, and traditional foods to enjoy.
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Learn About the Spring Festival
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A round up of books to learn about and celebrate Chinese New Year.
Learn about the special preparations and customs that start weeks prior to the festival.
Find out the best, luckiest foods to eat to bring forth an auspicious new year.
Prepare for the Spring Festival with lots to make and do
Learn about the custom of giving lucky money envelopes and print your own.
Learn about the Kitchen God: print a coloring page of him for your kitchen, and make Nian Gao to appease him.
Make a Chinese noisemaker to frighten off the monster Nian.
Make decorative firecrackers.
Make a dragon craft from our round up.
Make and decorate with red Chinese lanterns.
Buy a tray of togetherness.
15 Days of Celebrations
An overview of how New Year Day and the fifteen following days are celebrated.
Cook and eat Buddha's Delight on the 1st day.
Learn about the Day of Dispute on the 3rd day.
Welcome back the Kitchen God on the 4th day.
Welcome the God of Wealth and end the prohibitions on the 5th day.
Celebrate the Common Man's Birthday with longevity noodles on the 7th day.
Learn about the Jade Emperor's birthday, celebrated on the 9th day.
Celebrate the Lantern Festival on the 15th, and last day.
Ending the Lunar New Year celebrations with the Lantern Festival
Learn about the legend behind the Lantern Festival.
Print and solve lantern riddles.
Make and taste Tang Yuan.