Goodbye Christmas, hello Chinese New Year!
Back in November, shops have already started selling Chinese New Year decorations and goodies. It was oh so, confusing with Christmas and Chinese New Year marked so close each other.
With the Lunar New Year fast approaching (another 10 days?!), it’s time to get into the festive mood and start our preparations.
Here’s a fuss-free way to DIY your house and show off your kids’ craft to your visitors (even if your kid isn’t crafty).
- Dot-A-Dot markers (in pink or red)
- Black Sharpie marker
- Drawing paper
- On a piece of paper, draw branches with black Sharpie marker.
- Start dotting with your pink and red Dot-A-Dot markers.
- Optional: write Chinese New Year greetings.
- Hang it up!
This is one craft where you can never go wrong, and doesn’t require clean-up. I love the fact that no matter how your kids dot the flowers, it still turns out okay.
Which of the two paintings belong to Hannah? Make a guess!
More CNY crafts and activities: Paper Lantern, Enjoy, Eat, Play, 大头娃娃 (Big Head Doll) , CNY Related Books, DIY Mandarin Oranges, “Hong Bao” Fire Crackers, Origami Goldfish
Today is dong zhi 冬至 or Winter Solstice Festival. It’s known to be the longest night of the year, depending which part of the world you reside in. Singapore is one degree north of the equator so while we still get a shorter day, it barely makes any difference.
Nevertheless, it’s still celebrated by many Chinese families here. It’s a time to get together and enjoy the evening eating tang yuan 汤圆 (glutinous rice balls).
These brightly coloured rice balls literally mean “round dumplings in sweet soup”, and symbolise family unity. They may be plain or filled with paste, and eaten with either sweet or savoury soup.
We bought ours from the supermarket instead of making them from scratch. The glutinous balls were made by a local company, “Chinatown”. We bought those stuffed with peanut paste and cooked with ginger soup base.
It was a simple family fare but we enjoyed ourselves. No prepared activities, no lesson plans, just basking in the warmth of family. Happy Winter Solstice!
A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
George Bernard Shaw