The winter season is full of global festivities. If you're living in a culturally diverse place, it is a priviledge to learn about the celebrations of others. This cultivates greater understanding and respect. By reflecting a practice of curiosity, your children will likely grow up with keen awareness of events surrounding them. February 10th marks the beginning of Chinese New Year, observed in many countries.
So, what is it?
Chinese New Year, also known as the spring festival, is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The spring festival celebrates the start of new life and the season of ploughing and sowing.
New Year festivities start on the first day of the lunar month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. The first week is celebrated with visits to friends and family following special traditions designed to bring good luck. The second week ends with the Lantern festival on the evening of the 15th day of the lunar month. -BBC
Many children learn through application of knowledge. Arts and crafts are a medium for kids to use creativity while learning something new. There are countless websites and resources that offer crafts pertaining to Chinese New Year. Spend an hour or so engaging in one of these activities and share in learning something new with your child.
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