2018 is the Chinese New Year of the Dog, celebrated on February 16th. The dog is the eleventh of all zodiac animals. Honest and loyal, dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partner. A Dog’s most defining characteristic is their loyalty. They will never abandon their friends, family or work. The last Year of the dog was in 2006.
Here are several interesting Chinese New Year traditions:
- Fireworks are used to drive away the evil
- New Year Markets – during the course of the New Year’s days, a temporary market will be set up to sell New Year goods such as clothing, fireworks, decorations, food, etc.
- Red Envelopes – a red envelope with money in it, which ranges from one to a few thousand Chinese Yuan. Usually the red racket is given by adults, especially married couples, and elderly to young children in the New Year days. It was believed that the money in the red packet will suppress the evil from the children, keep them healthy, and give them a long life.
- Small Year – the 23th or 24th of the last month of the year. It is said that this is the day the food god will leave the family in order to go to heaven and report the activity of family to the Emperor of the heaven. People will follow religious ceremony to say farewell to the food god, including taking down and burning the paint of the food god.
- Decoration – after the cleaning, people will decorate the house to welcome the New Year.
- New Year’s Eve Reunion Dinner – this is the most important dinner for the Chinese. It’s the family reunion dinner, especially for those with family members away from home. The majority of Chinese will have New Year’s Eve dinner at home instead of a restaurant.
One of the significant Chinese New Year traditions are red envelopes of trinkets and money. Today we are sharing a fun version of the Red Packet with our Chinese New Year Party Favors. We decided to keep them general so they can be used year after year. But you can of course, add the Year of the Dog to them if you want.
These easy to make and frugal Chinese New Year Party Favors are a fun way to celebrate.
Let’s gather our supplies…
Chinese New Year Party Favors Supplies:
- Happy New Year Printable – Download HERE
- Cardstock to print them on or toilet paper rolls can also be used
- Red Tissue Paper
- Glue stick or glue dots
- Clothespins for holding them until they dry
- Ribbon to tie the ends closed
- Confetti for filling
- Candy, coins or other small toys
The Chinese New Year Party Favors were also quite frugal too. Depending on what you fill them with, you can make them for about $.50 cents each. I think they would be super fun at a child’s birthday party as well.
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- Print out the Party Favor onto cardstock and cut out. They measure 3 x 5 inches
- Glue together and use clothespins to hold if necessary
- Cut the tissue. I got 4 out of each piece of tissue.
- Roll up tissue and slip into tube. Tie up one end with the ribbon.
- Fill with coins and/or any treat you like.
- Tie the other end. And you’re done.