How to Celebrate Chinese New Year for Adoptive Families?

  • Why We Should Celebrate it?

When being adopted from China, children are usually at a very young age. The moment we indulged in our excitement, it also meant that children were took away from their birth country and rich culture.  

As children were so small at that time, they had not yet had a chance to embrace the culture of their home country. Hence, we need to help children to establish their cognition and awareness of Chinese culture from childhood, and take pride.

The Chinese Lunar New Year is around the corner. For those of you who have adopted children from China, you probably know that the Chinese New Year is the longest and the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. There are a lot of ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Due to not in China, it's quite hard for you to do in line with those customs. But nothing to worry about. Here are a some ideas to celebrate the Chinese New Year with your children:

  • Community Activity

Chinese New Year celebrations are part of a multicultural fabric that stretches across the United States. Let us act to get to know your surrounding Chinatown, adoption agencies, FCC and your children’s school to see if there're any celebration. If any, it is a good opportunity for you to take part in the celebration together with your families.

  • Family Activity

It is available for you to hold a New Year Party in your own home and invite your surrounding adoptive families or friends to attend.  Do remember to prepare some Chinese New Year decorations for your party, including red envelopes, fruits, candies, traditional Chinese costume,Spring Festival couplets, red lanterns and etc.

Chinese New Year is inseparable from the "food" and "eat". Dumplings is one of the most typical food eaten during the Chinese New Year, especially in northern China. So you can make Chinese dumplings together with your children.

In addition, Chinese people also have the tradition to have a great spring cleaning, which means to swipe the bad luck and welcome the new good luck. It will also be an opportunity for your family to clean your house, do some physical exercises and participate in New Year's celebrations.

Red envelopes filled with lucky money are an iconic symbol of Chinese New Year. A Chinese red envelope (known as hong bao in Mandarin) is simply an ornate red pocket of paper the size of an index card. It's traditional to leave a red envelope with two tangerines by a child's bedside on New Year’s Eve. Given that Chinese New Year isn’t celebrated with material gifts, the amount is usually around $20, enough for the child to buy a toy on his or her own.  

A family reunion dinner served on Chinese New Year’s Eve is undeniably a highlight of the entire celebration. A Chinese New Year reunion dinner brings a joyful family together around a full table and symbolizes the hopes for prosperity in the year ahead. Use this planner, maybe you can organize a family reunion dinner to greet the coming of a New Year.

  • Do Some Little Things

Are you getting ready to visit the barber for a fresh haircut? There's a time-honored tradition that Chinese people will go for a haircut before the Lunar New Year. Because an old saying of "Don't shave hair in the first lunar month" is widely circulated.  

It is a good choice to order Chinese takeout or have a big meal in the Chinese restaurant, if you'd like to enjoy a more formal Chinese New Year meal with your family.

  • You Can Also Play A Big One

Go on a China tour during the New Year, if it is conditional for you, will be a best way to celebrate the Chinese New Year and experience the most authentic Chinese New Year culture.

  • Do You Agree?

Our celebrations have morphed over the years, especially depending on the season of life and ages of children.  Some years are more festive, while others simply get a "Happy New Year" and a nice meal for recognition. Although we're trying to establish a few traditions for the children, we don’t typically do the exact same thing every year.  The main focus is that we do something to recognize the largest Chinese holiday for our children's birth country, no matter how small or large. In the end, Lead to China wish you a Happy Chinese New Year! We are here to help you with China heritage tours.

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