Chinese New Year is as big of a deal in the East as Christmas is here in the West. (And I'm not talking about coasts.) But making it feel special here in the US is a little trickier without all the Chinese New Year trappings we lived with not so long ago in China.
There may not be fireworks blaring at all hours of the night, everything's not covered in red here, and it's pretty much business as usual. But we've got to celebrate!
Here are a couple of ideas I found to be fun:
- Do a little craft for the kids in paper-cutting. Cut paper is a big deal in Asia. It's an art… one that's often mimicked by machinery, but nonetheless an art. The animals that each new year is characterized by make for lots of fun projects for kiddos.
- I downloaded a desktop wallpaper here. It helps me remember that our little boy is celebrating on the other side of the world.
- Wear red. Go ahead, be obnoxious, you have an excuse.
- Go to an Asian grocery store. It'll likely be filled with people buying fixings for their dumpling dinner. Going to the Asian supermarket use to be a way to take me back to those familiar smells and sights when we'd come to the States to visit.
We will be enjoying our favorite part about Chinese New Year tonight: dumplings! Our fellowship is having a potluck and we'll bring spaghetti to buy our ticket to grab some homemade dumplings. No matter how hard I tried, I never did master the art of folding those things. Of course, I learned the secret to having them was to find friends who loved to make them.
新年快乐! Happy New Year!