Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. The holiday is usually filled with family and friends reunion, food comas after devouring delish foods and treats, and wishes for a new year full of prosperity and good fortune! However, for the moment, the safest activities are those with our immediate households that do not involve gatherings and travelling. BUT! Celebrating at home intimately does not have to be so mundane. Here are some ideas to celebrate the Lunar New Year at home ox-cellently with your kids!
#1 Make DIY Chinese lanterns
Sure you can shop some nice ready-made lanterns but how about get some colourful papers and make lanterns from scratch with your kids? Click here to find out how. It’s a simple and fun activity the whole family can participate and spend time together. These beautiful decorations can really add some colours and festive feeling to your home ✨
#2 Bake cookies
Who doesn’t like cookies? I know I do! And one of best parts of having kids, you can get them to help you in the kitchen! A win-win situation I’d say 😆 Through baking, your kid can learn to follow instructions by following a recipe, unleash their creativity by decorating cookies, and understand the process or workflow of creating something, in this case, cookies. And since this Chinese New Year will be spent socially distanced, you can also pack some baked goods with personalized notes to be delivered to your relatives!
#3 Red envelopes
If your kid wants it, they gotta earn in! 😝 This New Year, let your kid DIY their own red envelopes with red papers and decorate with gold pens and images. This teaches them about their culture and the true meaning of the iconic symbol of New Year – about the reciprocity of giving and receiving. It is never about the value, but these gestures of goodwill build relationships amongst family and friends.
#4 Virtual get-together
What this pandemic has taught us other than to be extra hygienic is that we can be there for our loved ones virtually! Though it is not the same as a physical gathering, but virtually, we are all near to each other no matter where we are in the world. This Chinese New Year, dedicate a time to connect with your family and friends to spread love and good fortunes!