My 6 year old came home from school the other day and said “Gung Hay Fat Choy”. I asked her where she heard that and she read it in her class that day when they were learning about the Chinese New Year. I looked it up and it means “May you become prosperous” which is one of the themes of the Chinese New Year along with happiness and longevity. I thought I would like to celebrate that. We both decided to have a small Chinese New Year Party. I did a little research on the web and found out a few facts about the Chinese New Year before I started planning.
Chinese New Year Facts
- It’s on Friday, January 31, 2014
- It’s the year of the Horse
- Family and friends come together to celebrate and have a wonderful meal
- Red is worn symbolizing fire to ward off bad luck
- They light fireworks
- They decorate with poems on red paper
- They give children “lucky money” in red envelopes
- People may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year
A little history….
Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands.
What year were you born?
Below you can find your year and then your animal.
Animal Personality Traits
- Rat: quick-witted, smart, charming, and persuasive
- Ox: patient, kind, stubborn, and conservative
- Tiger: authoritative, emotional, courageous, and intense
- Rabbit: popular, compassionate, and sincere
- Dragon: energetic, fearless, warm-hearted, and charismatic
- Snake: charming, gregarious, introverted, generous, and smart
- Horse: energetic, independent, impatient, and enjoy traveling
- Sheep: mild-mannered, shy, kind, and peace-loving
- Monkey: fun, energetic, and active
- Rooster: independent, practical, hard-working, and observant
- Dog: patient, diligent, generous, faithful, and kind
- Pig: loving, tolerant, honest, and appreciative of luxur
Fun Activities to do with your kids
Print out Chinese New Year – Year Of the Horse Coloring Page
Make a Chinese Dragon Mask
Watch a Chinese New Year Dragon Dance
Create a Chinese New Year’s Menu
Attend a Chinese Celebration