celebrate the chinese new year

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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. 

Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Sheep
(Goat)
Monkey Rooster Dog Pig
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911
1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923
1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935
1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971
1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983
1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

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

Read a children’s book about the Chinese New Year

Create a Chinese New Year’s Menu

Attend a Chinese Celebration

 

 

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