An Easy Chinese New Year Celebration

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Chinese New Year is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in the Far East. Teach your family about this millennia-old holiday with fun crafts and a menu that put a decidedly Asian flavor on the evening.

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Dinner Recipes

Mix and match any or all of these Chinese recipes for your celebration. If you have an Asian market nearby, you can also pick up some oriental snacks and sweets.

Crafts and Activities

It's traditional to wear and decorate your house with lots of red on Chinese New Year. A favorite part of the festivities for children is adults giving them money in red envelopes. These crafts will add a feeling of authenticity to your home during the evening.

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