Chinese New Year in 2022 falls on 1st February, the holiday lasts for a week, it is the year of the Tiger. The sign of the Tiger is associated with strength, bravery and exorcising devils. Some key dates of Chinese New Year include:
Jan 31st- New Year’s Eve
Feb 1st – New Year’s Day
3rd Feb- Day of the Rat (An ominous day, common to stay at home and rest with family, play games.
Here are some things you can do for Chinese New Year:
- Clean and declutter your homeÂ
- Make and give out red packets aka “Ang Pows’ which normally have money insideÂ
- Traditionally people wear new clothes… but why don’t you upcycle some old ones?Â
- Make your own Paper LanternsÂ
- Cook aÂ ChineseÂ Meal – simple but fun things to make are spring rolls and lettuce wraps. Anything meaningful to bring prosperity and happiness. Don’t forget, oranges for dessert.Â
- Write your own fortunes or even make your own fortune cookiesÂ
- Have a competition to see how many sweets you can all pick up in 1 minute using chopsticks (this was a family tradition of ours at all partiesÂ https://mamamei.co.uk)Â
- LearnÂ ChineseÂ Dance on youtubeÂ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCcWlwmKOSo
- Watch Dragon and Lion dances onlineÂ
- Put decorations up using red crafts
How will you be celebrating?