The Lantern Festival signifies the end of the Chinese New Year celebration and falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month. There are many theories surrounding the origin of the Lantern Festival, but it is a wide-spread custom throughout China and other parts of Asia. This day is typically spent with family enjoying food such as yuanxiao (rice dumplings), taking in lion dances and other performances, as well as amazing displays of lanterns in the streets.
Kids participate in the Lantern Festival by carrying paper lanterns of their own. Riddles are also a big part of the tradition. Lantern makers attach riddles to their creations and those who guess the answers correctly get little prizes.
Celebrating the Lantern Festival at home is easy (and fun)—plus it makes the house look pretty. This craft is ideal for kids four to 10 (my daughter is a preschooler), but really, even I enjoyed it. And you probably already have everything your kids need to make paper lanterns!
If you’re short on time, you can omit the ruler and eyeball the scissor cuts. Stiffer paper will enable the lantern to hold its shape better. You may also want to advise your little Picasso that heavy glitter paint and stickers on the top of the lantern can cause it to fall over—and of other lessons in gravity.
Hang the lanterns with string from your ceiling or tie them to the end of sticks for kids to (carefully) carry around. Enjoy all year round by decorating your next party with colorful lanterns, and keep them in mind for a fun rainy day project.
Read more about Chinese New Year on HFWT.
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Katie Dillon is a freelance lifestyle and luxury travel writer who loves mother-daughter trips, Pinterest, her husband's sense of humor, a nice glass of wine and one very needy pitbull mix. Living at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong spoiled her for life so she does her best to regularly check in to FS properties around the globe. When not on the road, Katie's family is at home in seaside La Jolla, CA. Her work can also be seen on USA TODAY Travel, Taste by Four Seasons, Four Seasons Magazine and her personal site, La Jolla Mom.
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