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Virginia Square Plaza Blog, Arlington, VA  February 16th is Chinese New Year. Celebrate by learning some history and ways you can celebrate.

The Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 16th. In today’s Virginia Square Plaza Blog, we want to celebrate as well! So in today’s blog post, we’ll be sharing some history about the Chinese New Year as well as some ways that you can celebrate at your apartment here in Arlington, VA. We hope you enjoy this celebration.


Brief History

“Chinese New Year celebrations were born out of fear and myth. Legend spoke of the wild beast Nien (which also is the word for “year”) that appeared at the end of each year, attacking and killing villagers. Loud noises and bright lights were used to scare the beast away, and the Chinese New Year celebrations were born. Today, the 15-day New Year festivities are celebrated with a week of vacation in metropolitan areas of China. Much like the Western New Year (January 1st), the biggest celebration is on the eve of the holiday. At the turn of the new year, firework displays are put on throughout the city.”


Make a Chinese New Year Lantern

Lanterns are a traditional way to decorate for and celebrate the Chinese New Year. Make a lantern for your apartment using the following supplies: red and gold paper, a pencil, a ruler, scissors, glue, tape, and a stapler. This fun project comes from A China Family Adventure.


Decorate With Paper Cuts

Paper cuts are another way to decorate for the New Year. They are hung in windows and made of red paper. Many paper cuts are intricate, but you can make a simple paper cut for yourself. Try out this how-to guide from Instructables. You’ll need red paper, a ruler, a pencil, and scissors. Learn more about paper cuts here.


Cook Wonton Soup

Wonton soup is a great classic Chinese dish to enjoy on this holiday. Try out this tasty recipe from Delish. You’ll need the following ingredients: ground pork, soy sauce, chives, rice wine vinegar, cornstarch, grated ginger, garlic cloves, crushed red pepper flakes, sesame oil, square wonton wrappers, water, chicken stock, peeled ginger, and sliced green onions as a garnish.


Do you celebrate Chinese New Year? What are your traditions? Let us know in the comments below!