Happy Chinese New Year!
Today is the Chinese New Year, and this year’s animal sign is the Sheep! According to Chinese ancestry tradition, those born in the year of the sheep are tender, polite, clever and kind-hearted. They are wise and compassionate! Their lucky numbers are 3, 9 and 4! Their lucky colors are green, red and purple!
What is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year is a very important holiday for the Chinese culture. Like the Western New Year, this holiday starts a whole new Chinese calendar year! Unlike the Western New Year, the Chinese New Year takes place at a later date and also falls on a different day every year! Wonder why? It’s because the Chinese calendar was built around moon phases and how far the sun is away from the Earth! Since these two calendars don’t exactly line up together, the Chinese add an extra month every few years. This type of calendar is called a lunisolar calendar!
Let the celebration begin!
Did you know that the Chinese New Year lasts for not one, not two, but 15 whole days? That’s a lot of New Year celebrations! What we love the most about this holiday is that it’s all about togetherness! Family gatherings play a big part in this Holiday, which means lots of kisses and hugs for all! There are tons of fun parties, festivals and parades!
Having a celebration or mini parade of your own? Here’s a craft for you and your little one to ring in the Chinese New Year with!
Chinese New Year Noisemaker!
What you’ll need:
- An empty, clean plastic cup and lid
- If you can’t find a lid, gather some plastic wrap and tape
- 4-6 clean Ella’s Kitchen® pouch caps
What to do:
- Place the Ella’s Kitchen® pouch caps into the plastic cup
- If you have a lid, close the plastic cup. If you’re using saran wrap, cover the topof the cup with plastic wrap and tightly secure it with tape
- Shake, rattle and roll your noisemaker in celebration of the Chinese New Year!
What’s your little one’s animal sign?
The Chinese New Year also brings a new Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao! Unlike the Greek zodiac’s, which follows a 12-month cycle, the Chinese zodiac’s are based one a 12-year cycle! These animal signs were created to help keep count of the year it was before calendars! Similar to the monthly Greek zodiac signs, these animals hold certain characters!
Curious as to what your little one’s Animal Sign is or will be? Look at the chart below!
Year – Animal Sign
2010 – Tiger
2011 – Rabbit
2012 – Dragon
2013 – Snake
2014 – Horse
2015 – Sheep