Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy New Year!

Good-bye rabbit, hello dragon! Today kicks off the celebrations for the Chinese New Year. I myself am a Rat so I won't get to celebrate again until 2020.

Whether they come from a mysterious blue egg, participate in a Triwizard Tournament, or are voiced by Sean Connery, Dragons are just plain fun! (I may have a little Hagrid in me) In fact, they're the only mythological creature in the Chinese zodiac.

There are a lot of fun things to do for the Chinese New Year - If you're in the DC area, you can head to Chinatown on Sunday 29th 2-5pm for their Chinese New Year Festival. And then of course there are crafts! Martha Stewart has a template for this fun Chinese Dragon.

There's also Chinese Lanterns. They're festive and very easy to make. All you need is construction paper, tape, and scissors. (of course some glitter glue never hurts either!) If you have your paper facing you in portrait, cute a 1 inch strip off the top for the handle of the lantern. Fold the remaining paper in half and measure another inch on the top of that so you know where to stop cutting. Then you cut even strips across the sheet. I didn't have red construction paper so I just used white and decorated with red. But yellow and orange would be nice too.

Once you've cut all the strips, open it up and tape the 2 long sides to each other and the handle to the top. You can try making different sizes and colors for some fun table d├ęcor. 

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