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Chinese New Year craft for kids

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in Chinese culture.  This year 2021, the Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 12, according to the lunar calendar.  Traditionally, the celebration lasts for fifteen days. During the holiday, people often visit and greet their family members and friends, light firecrackers to scare away devils and demons, give money in red lucky envelopes to juniors and elders, and of course, have a great family meal which must have been prepared before the day.

Chinese New Year is always associated with the twelve-animal zodiac cycle. 2021 is the year of Ox. In Chinese culture, the ox is a valued animal because of its role in agriculture and positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest.

After finishing this craft, kids can show parents that they are hardworking as well as keeping their pens and pencils neatly in one place.

Craft bags are available in Craft-to-go bags at the Malden Public Library.  To reserve a bag, please call the library 781-324-0218 during the regular curbside hours and schedule a pickup time.  Good for kids in grades K-5.

Cups for this craft are donated by Bikeeny Caffe on Summer Street, Malden.