Chinese New Year Tags 2011

Hello all, thank you for your sweet comments ladies. I have got this sweet customer asking me to customise some Chinese New Year tags for her. It got me thinking how to incorporate this USA scrapbooking materials into something Chinese for her. Here I am presenting you these Chinese New Year tags which has ‘Fu’ word on each of them. I have gotten the paper from KCK – Glittering Glamour. Love the Chinese paper which is so appropriate for this event πŸ™‚ ‘Fu’ means that Fortune or wealth.

As you know, Chinese New Year (also called the Spring Festival) doesn’t begin and end on a single weekend. Instead, it runs from the middle of the last month of the previous year (based on the Chinese calendar) to the middle of the first month of the new year. By the time the New Year arrives, families have already spent several days preparing for the big event; cleaning the house, buying gifts, and cooking festive foods.

Here are some of the ways you can celebrate Chinese New Year (the New Year begins on February 3rd in 2011. It is the Year of the Rabbit):

  • Clean House – Before the New Year arrives, the Chinese consider it very important to give the house a thorough cleaning, sweeping away any bad luck that may have accumulated over the past year. (Yes! We will donate or dehorde those we don’t need and giveaway. And have a major clean up of the house!!)
  • Decorate! – Doors and window panes are also often painted red, considered to be a lucky color. In addition, people like to hang papercuts on doors and windows. (Paper cutting is an ancient Chinese art form dating back to the Han dynasty). (Red is the most lucky color for Chinese!)
  • Don’t clean for the first few days of the New Year – if you do any sweeping during this time, you risk sweeping away your good luck. (I am not sure how true but it’s an excuse for not doing housework!!! Haha)
  • Offer a Sacrifice to the Kitchen God – Many families have a poster of the Kitchen God in their kitchen. The custom is to offer a ceremonial sacrifice to the Kitchen God, to make sure that he gives a good report on the family’s behavior when he returns to heaven. Sticky Cake (Nian Gao) is popular, or children may rub honey on him.
  • An important tradition on New Year’s Eve is for families to gather together and spend the evening preparing Chinese dumplings (Jiaozi). According to Chinese Culture Guide Jun Shan, it is common to hide a coin in one of the dumplings. Whoever gets the dumpling with the coin will supposedly have good luck in the coming year. (This is very traditional, nowadays we just have steamboat at home to gather together as a family)
  • Give out money packets – On New Years day, children receive leisee – red packets decorated with gold symbols and filled with “lucky money”. (Yes those who is married will need to give red packets the children)
  • Serve festive foods – Throughout the New Years season, certain foods are served because they symbolize abundance and good fortune. Besides preparing special dishes, tangerines and oranges are often passed out to children and guests, as they symbolize wealth and good luck.
  • Prepare a Tray of Togetherness – This is a circular or octagon-shaped tray with eight compartments, each containing symbolic foods such as lotus seeds and lychee nuts, that provides a sweet beginning to the New Year.(code from here)

Thanks for looking πŸ™‚

Have a good weekend.

Love,

Gladys

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2 thoughts on “Chinese New Year Tags 2011

  1. I really love your tags. I have been scrapbooking for a few years and love to create Chinese pages for my family. I find your ideas very inspiring.

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