Welcome to my Saturday craft time. Today it’s time for some cute New Year crafts.
Commonly used in the imperial place and among the aristocrats, widely recognized in ancient China as the symbol of wealth, authority, and wisdom
Made from a half of paper plate with stick handles. Painted red with sequins for decorations.
The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it in East Asian culture. During the days of Imperial China, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial strength and power.
Top dragons is made from construction head and a cupcake body. (bottom) Red and gold folded dragon from stripes of construction paper.
Red Envelopes ( must be Red)
In Chinese and other East and Southeast Asian societies, a red envelope or a red packet is a monetary gift which is given during holidays or special occasions such as weddings, graduation or the birth of a baby
At Lunar New Year, it’s tradition to give the gift of a bright, beautiful red envelope (known as 紅包, hóngbāo) to your friends and family. … The red color symbolizes good luck and prosperity in Chinese (and other East Asian) cultures.
Because red is a lucky color in China, people often give their friends and relatives red envelopes with money tucked inside to celebrate the Chinese New Year or other special occasions. The envelopes are embellished with gold because the gold color signifies wealth.
In the Mandarin language, these envelopes are called hong bao (which means “red envelope”), and in Cantonese (a language spoken mostly in southern China), they are called lai see (which means “good luck”).
It is customary to give out these envelopes—especially to unmarried children in the family and to the children of close friends and acquaintances—at the new year. Many workplaces give them out to their employees on the last working day before the holiday, similar to how bonuses are given out in other countries.