by Hao Bao Bao
Happy Chinese New Year! Xin Nian Kuai Le!
Today is recognized as the "new year" in the lunar calendar and celebrated in many Asian countries, making it also known as "Lunar New Year." Although its origin is debated, this holiday has been celebrated for 3,000+ years and has many intricate traditions and festivities attached to it. It is a two week long celebration that ends with the Lantern Festival fourteen days later. Families sweep out the old year by cleaning the house and bring in the new year by purchasing new clothes and decorating with "fu" signs (see previous blog here). They come together and celebrate by eating round dumplings, signifying wealth and happiness, as well as light (or watch!) firecrackers and enjoy lion and dragon dances! There are endless ways to bring in the new year with fun and festivities!
As an adoptive parent to a child who's birth country is China, it can feel a little daunting to celebrate this special day in a way that honors our children's heritage. However, thanks to the internet and a little creativity, you can easy create a memorable celebration for your whole family!