7 Crafts for the Lunar New Year

As 2015 comes to an end, we prepare ourselves for the celebrations and traditions to welcome the arrival of the New Year. However, not everyone celebrates the new year according to the standard Gregorian calendar. For Asians all over the world, including Asian-Americans, they are preparing themselves for Lunar New Year also known as Chinese New Year. This new year is designated by the lunar cycles of the moon and the cyclical rituals of agrarian societies such as those in the long history of China. Because it is not based on the standard calendar, the date changes each year, and it will fall on February 8th in 2016.

It is a public holiday that lasts for seven days of celebration in which most people do not work. Its origins are linked with the agricultural sequences of farmers, and the Chinese calendar which stretches as far back as the third millennium BCE. The Lunar New Year was the time at the end of winter when farmers could break from their work before the next growing season began. It became a celebration of the arrival of the new year as well as the end of winter and the approaching spring that would bring with it a new fertile season of growth. Families would travel from all over to be together during this symbolic time and celebrate together looking forward to all the good the new year would bring. This holiday is one of the most important in Asian countries.

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Here are 7 crafts that are symbols of the holiday and its long standing traditions.

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MalMal Our Inspiration

Fire crackers and fireworks were invented in China, and they are used often in celebrations such the Lunar New Year. MalMal Our Inspiration offers a creative way to string firecrackers together to display as decoration until they are lit in celebration.

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One Dog Woof

Create these beautiful red envelopes from One Dog Woof. Small gifts of money are often given during the celebrations of Lunar New Year. These envelopes are the perfect creation to give monetary gifts or take cue from One Dog Woof and use chocolate coins. Yum!

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Sturdy for Common ThingsLanterns are a popular decoration, and there are many easy to make designs. These fun and festive paper lanterns from Sturdy for Common Things are perfect for the Lunar New year.

 

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Gift of Curiosity

These drums by Gift of Curiosity  are a great craft to get kids involved. Modeled after the Bolang Gu also known as the pellet drum it is a common instrument used in Chinese music.

 

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First Palette

A symbol of prosperity and luck, the coin tree is a Chinese ornament used often for decoration. First Palette has instructions on how to easily make your own artistic rendering.

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Crafts ‘n Coffee

The dragon represents power and strength so it is only appropriate that it has a place in the traditions of Chinese New Year. Find out how to make your own dragon from Crafts ‘n Coffee.

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Unsophisticook

These paper decorations can be used to dress up a basic string of lights making a beautiful addition to the festive décor of the Lunar New Year. Unsophisticook has the directions to create them.

 

Best Buy supports events which they believe are of importance to employees, customers, and communities. The upcoming Lunar New Year is one of those important celebrations.There are over 4,000 years of tradition in the celebration of the Lunar New Year. The festive rituals based upon centuries of history and the brilliant colors and décor make the holiday a unique and beautiful experience. Celebrate with those in your lives with a Lunar New Year Gift Card from Best Buy. For a gift throughout the year, check out Best Buy’s Chinese Happy Birthday e-Gift Card.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

29 thoughts on “7 Crafts for the Lunar New Year”

  1. I love all of these! The drums are something similar that I’ve seen in Chile where my father is from! I really love all the amazing colors, and that some of the crafts get the kids involved.

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  2. I’ve always wanted to do something with the red envelopes, but never got around to it. That Best Buy GC sleeve design is really cool!

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  3. These are all great craft ideas for the Chinese new year. The pellet drums I will have to make for sure with my niece and nephews who will really enjoy using them and making them. Thanks for the craft ideas.

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  4. These are some wonderful craft ideas. I would have never thought to make something like this. How fun! My girls would have tons of fun making these.

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  5. These look like such wonderful ideas. I love the notion of using holiday crafts like these to open a dialogue about multiculturalism with the family.

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  6. Beautiful crafts! I have a Chinese friend and they’re also getting reading for Chinese New Year! She just recently bought those red little envelopes. :)

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  7. Chinese New Year is another celebration that is truly festive! I love the traditions and the food! These crafting ideas are awesome! I love the coin tree. Easy craft for little hands to make!

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  8. It’s the year of the monkey this year. I think it will be awesome to create red lanterns with monkey figures for luck and prosperity.

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  9. All of these crafts are gorgeous. It would be a great way to teach those who are not familiar with the traditions and customs of the Chinese New Year.

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  10. I love the dragon! (I am born year of the dragon so it’s a favorite). I also think it’s really cool Best Buy has these gift cards. Will have to look for those next time I’m there!

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  11. I love all the colors that are used in this celebration! I can’t wait to do this with my kiddo! It looks like a lot of fun!

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  12. I just love all of the beautiful colours that are in these items. We’ve never really celebrated Chinese New Year, but the history behind it all is fascinating. Happy New Year!

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  13. These are all so cute. We made some lanterns to make a banner for Christmas and the kids had so much fun that I’ll let them make them again.

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  14. We did a unit lesson about some of these traditions before. We must have missed the coin ones. We may have to revisit and make the coin tree.

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  15. I wonder if I can do any of these with my own pre-schooler. She loves doing crafts and we plan on going to the celebration that they have here every year.

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