It’s almost time for the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year (The date changes every year because it’s celebrated around the cycle of the moon. Many countries besides China celebrate Lunar New Year). 2015 is the year of the sheep-or the goat-or the horned animal-depending on whom you ask, apparently.
Here are some local celebrations, and a few links if you’d like to do something fun with your class or group.
Please note that my knowledge of this topic is mostly from Professor Google, so if I have goofed on anything, please feel free to leave a comment!
South King County area events and celebrations
Images of China puppet show Free puppet show for children at Southcenter in conjunction with the King County Library System 11 or 11:30 Also at the Des Moines Library on the 28th. Info. on those library shows is here.
Lunar New Year Celebration at Westfield Southcenter Saturday, February 21st lion dance parade, cultural demonstrations and performances, children’s craft
Tacoma area events and celebrations
Chinese New Year Celebration at the Foss Waterway Seaport Saturday, February 21st. Food, crafts, rickshaw rides, and more! Tickets are 3.00 a person-family rate available. Go here for tickets.
Asia Pacific Cultural Center New Year’s Celebration This year’s featured country is Pakistan. February 14th at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall Doors open at 10:30 cultural performances, martial arts demonstrations, food and craft vendors
Monkeyshines Traditionally, anonymous artisans have hidden glass orbs around Tacoma around the Chinese New Year. There is a rumor that the head Monkeyshines artist is tired of being stalked and having greedy folks scoop up more than one. You can read about that here. Nonetheless, a bigger and better Monkeyshines year than ever is promised. When will they be out? It’s anybody’s guess! If you have no idea WHAT I’m talking about, you can read more about Monkeyshines here!
Beyond the South Sound
I also found this cool and helpful post about how to celebrate the Chinese New Year in the classroom without perpetuating stereotypes. Seriously, it’s a good one. Have a read.
If you’d like some books to share, your library will have some out. Here is a list from Allison at No Time For Flashcards. I never hesitate about anything she recommends.
If you’d like to do a craft, something goat themed would be good, or I found this easy paper lantern craft. They made them for the 4th of July, but you can just leave off the stars, and make yours in red, and I think it would be great! Or, here’s a (real) oldie but goodie from our archives. It’s a dancing dragon puppet craft from one of our fav readers. Even little kids can handle this one!