Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year, I would like to wish all my Chinese readers and visitors a very Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Ca! 新年快乐，万事如意， 龙马精神，身体健康, 恭喜发财！
During the 15 days of the Chinese New Year celebration, the most common traditional event you will get to see is Lion and Dragon Dance. I can’t make those big real size dragon costumes, but I found some kid craft tutorials for making Chinese Dragon Puppets, I hope you like them.
This year, Chinese New Year comes a little early than usual, normally it falls between the end of Jan to mid of Feb. According to the Chinese / Lunar Calendar, the year change to Dragon on the 4th of February, the official day of Spring [立春]. A baby born after the day of spring [立春] is called a dragon baby, whilst those who were born before 4th Feb 2012 is still Rabbit baby.
[The Chinese dragon (simplified Chinese: 龙; traditional Chinese: 龍; pinyin: lóng) is the highest-ranking animal in the Chinese animal hierarchy, strongly associated at one time with the emperor and hence power and majesty (the mythical bird Fenghuang was the symbol of the Chinese empress), still recognized and revered. Its origins are vague, but its “ancestors can be found on Neolithic pottery as well as Bronze Age ritual vessels.” Tradition is composed of nine different animals, with nine sons, each with its own imagery and affiliations. It is the only mythological animal of the 12 animals that represent the Chinese calendar. 2012 is the Chinese year of the Water Dragon.
Excited about the Chinese New Year already? Here are more Chinese New Year Crafts and Recipes to make. I hope this post will inspire you to enjoy the tradition of the Chinese New Year. There are many interesting legendary stories behind this 15-day festival.
After this short break, I will be back with more crafts to celebrate Chinese New Year with friends and family.