Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a movable feast worked out from both the sun and the moon - it is celebrated on second new moon after the Winter Solstice and falls between mid-January and mid-February each year - Chinese New Year in 2005 is on February 9th. Celebrations last for several days, with traditional Dragon Dancing, drums, fireworks etc. and of course lots of lovely Chinese food!!
Easy ways to adapt Chinese New Year for Guides and Brownies include :
(can be bought ready-made from most supermarket delicatessens) - all
to be eaten with chopsticks of course.
Dragon Dance : Make a large "Dragon" with a cardboard
box head and fabric body, decorate with paper, sequins, more fabric
etc. Several girls get under the "Dragon" (one to control
the "head" and the rest in the "body") and dance
to the accompaniment of cymbals and drums.
Each year of the Chinese calendar is allocated to a particular animal : the coming year (February 2005 - February 2006) will be the Year of the Rooster .
The girls can make models or pictures of the animals representing their birth years :
There is a more complicated version of this game available to download here (right-click and select "Save Target As...")
You can download more ideas for the Chinese New Year by right-clicking here and choosing "Save Target As..."
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