Chinese New Year Lantern
Today's Snack: In the frozen food
aisle, you should be able to find a package of Pot Stickers to make in the oven
or microwave. Or maybe to really celebrate this holiday and learn more about
the Chinese culture, this is the day you should arrange a mini-field trip to an
Asian grocery store, and visit with the experts on Chinese food who work there
to select an authentic Chinese New Year treat.
One of the highlights of the Chinese New Year celebration is
the lantern festival. The Chinese tradition calls for people to make and
decorate paper lanterns that hold candles that can be held up in a parade -
often alongside the dragon dance - that's intended to foster good luck for the
year. The Chinese tradition holds that lights can scare away evil spirits.
Lanterns are often in red, the
traditional color of fire, thought to be great for demon-prevention. They're
often decorated with ornate painting and embellishments.
Here's how to make a simple lantern:
Give each child a piece of scrapbook
paper, wrapping paper or construction paper, scissors, and glue or a stapler.
Fold the paper in half, lengthwise.
In light pencil, measure one inch away from the unfolded edge. Cut from the
folded edge and stop cutting one inch from the unfolded edge.
Unfold, and form into a cylinder by
joining together the short uncut ends of the paper.
Glue or staple another strip of
construction paper for a handle.
You can decorate the outside with
gold glitter paint or other special touches.
When you're ready, go into a dark
room or basement and give each child a flashlight or pocket light to shine up
through the lantern. Dance! And celebrate! Happy New Year!