Chinese New Year - Family Reunions, Feasts and Fireworks
"Gung Hei Fat Choi" or in English "May You Have Good Fortune" is a phrase most often used during Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is the most important traditional festival and longest public holiday in China. To celebrate Chinese New Year and the arrival of spring, the Chinese host big family gatherings, partake in traditional feasts featuring foods meant to bring good luck in the new year, exchange gifts and participate in traditional folk celebrations with singing and dancing. These joyous festivities last 15 days, culminating in the Festival of the Lanterns. Chinese New Year brings families together. Wherever they are in the world, people come home to celebrate the festival with their families. The New Year Dinner is called the Reunion Dinner, and is believed to be the most important meal of the year. Each year the date of Chinese New Year is based on the Lunar Calendar. The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with the Chinese zodiac, which has 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, Rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal represents a year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year's Day. 2015 is a year of the goat. Some of the best places to celebrate Chinese New Year in the USA are: San Francisco, New York City and Chicago.
Celebrate the First Day of the Great Year with Hellokids.com
Celebrate Chinese New Year on Hellokids.com with Chinese coloring pages of Chinese New Year Parades and Chinese Dragons. You will find printable dot to dot and online puzzles or fun crafts and activities on how to make a confetti cannon or rattle drums. The Chinese New Year reading and learning page has interesting information for you to learn more about Chinese dances, celebrations and the magical Lantern festival. So much to learn and read about the Chinese New Year from Hellokids.com to keep you entertained