2024 Chinese New Year starts on February 10th! As we approach the arrival of the upcoming Year of the Dragon, it’s the perfect moment to infuse creativity into preparations and add a touch of festive flair to your surroundings. Flipp is your go-to resource for all your celebrations needs. With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we’re sharing ways that Flipp can help you to prepare!
From vibrant Chinese New Year decorations to the ways to celebrate, here are a few ways to make your holiday special.
DIY Chinese New Year Decorations
One tradition of the new year is to thoroughly clean your home to remove bad luck and decorate your space to usher in new good luck. Chinese New Year Decorations are vibrant and full of meaning, with traditional colors like red, gold, and yellow symbolizing luck and prosperity. A simple DIY decoration idea is crafting your own paper lanterns.
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How to Make Paper Lanterns for Chinese New Year Decorations
Step by step:
- Cut a one-inch strip off the top of your construction paper and save it for later.
- Move the paper to landscape profile and fold it in half horizontally.
- Start from the folded crease, cut strips on the paper, leaving one inch away from the top of the sheet (not cutting all the way through).
- Unfold your paper, put the top and bottom loose edges together, and seal with glue, tape, or stapler.
- Attach the paper strip from the beginning to create a handle and decorate it to your liking with streamers.
- Have fun decorating!
Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year
Apart from decorations, other traditional ways to celebrate Chinese/Lunar New Year include family dinners and gift-giving, such as money in a red envelope.
Chinese/Lunar New Year is a time when families come together to share a meal. Some traditional foods include:
- Longevity Noodles: 2 feet long noodles that represent a wish for a long, healthy, and happy life.
- Dumplings: The number of dumplings eaten can predict the money you will make in the upcoming year.
- Spring Rolls: Symbolizing wealth and good fortune, as they resemble little golden bars.
- Good Fortune Fruit: Oranges, tangerines, and pomelos are believed to bring good luck and prosperity (Can also be used as gifts or decoration).
- Tong Yuen (glutinous rice balls): These sweet rice balls enjoyed for dessert can be filled with red bean, taro or black sesame. Check out the blog post 5 Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year ft. Eat With M&M for the recipe!
In addition to a family feast, gift-giving is an important tradition. When gift giving there are important aspects to consider. Consider the right colors, such as red, gold, and yellow. Ensure new, crisp money is in red envelopes, and opt for even numbers (except 4), as they are considered lucky.As you gear up to celebrate Chinese/Lunar New Year this year, consider incorporating Flipp into every aspect of your preparations. Whether you’re in need of materials for your Chinese New Year decorations, ingredients for the family dinner, or gifts for your loved ones, Flipp is your all-in-one solution for a seamless celebration.