Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, Seollal, Tết, or the Spring Festival, is a holiday celebrated in many east Asian countries, as well as in the United States. According to the lunar calendar, a year is the amount of time it takes the moon to go around the Earth 12 times. The Lantern Festival is the last day of celebrations.
Lanterns are a way to make wishes for good luck, happiness, and fortune in the coming year. You can also write a riddle on your lantern to see who will guess the right answer.
1 sheet of red paper
1 sheet of yellow paper
1 strip of red paper
Glue, tape, or stapler
Take your red paper and fold it in half along the long side.
Cut from the fold to about one-half inch from the edge of the paper.
Keep cutting along the fold to make strips. Remember to LEAVE ½ INCH AT THE EDGE OF THE PAPER. This way, your paper will still be attached on the top and bottom.
Open up the paper and bring the ends together to make a circle with the top and bottom. The middle will fold out into a lantern shape. You can glue, staple, or tape the edges. Double sided tape is easiest if using tape.
Use the strip of paper to make the handle. Attach the handle with tape, glue, or staples.
If you would like, you can put a liner inside your lantern. Form the yellow paper into a tube, and then tape the red lantern over the top of it. It looks a little like there is a light glowing inside.
Since you want the outside part to bow out a little, you’ll tape the bottom a little higher on the tube. You can cut off the bottom of the tube if you want your lantern to sit on a surface. Or, you can cut it into fringes.
Help brighten the holidays for seniors by sending a handcrafted holiday card. The Mount Prospect Public Library has partnered with Alden Gardens in Des Plaines to send holiday cards to their residents. All you need to do is have your child create a card using any art supplies you have at home, making it as simple or as elaborate as they want.
Then, send the cards to Alden Gardens:
Attn: Candice Mitchell, Activity Director
1221 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Write “MPPL Card Activity” on the front of the envelope.
Cards will be held until safe to distribute.
There are tons of ideas on Pinterest and elsewhere – here are some of our faves using supplies most of us already have!!!