Gung Hay Fat Choy or Happy New Year in Chinese! On Thursday, China will celebrate their new year. 2011 is the year of the rabbit which is supposed to be a calmer year following the tumultuous year of the tiger in 2010. The Chinese celebrate the first day of the new year based on the lunar calendar with parades, traditions and elaborate meals.
If your family could use a little extra luck this year, try out a few of these Chinese New Year traditions. Start with a thorough house cleaning to rid your house of any disappointments from the past year and to bring in good luck for the next year. On Thursday, wear red as it is considered a lucky color. Make Chinese food for dinner (or order out!).
Click here to learn more. Your children will have fun learning more about the history and traditions of the Chinese New Year, even if they don't buy in to the top to bottom house cleaning!