Friday, January 25, 2013

FM94 Happy Chinese New Year!

Hi, Heidi here, and I'm hosting this week's Friday Mashup challenge. I have a not-so-straight-forward challenge for you (don't I always?), so put your thinking caps on. My challenge for you is to create a Chinese New Year project.  I did a little research on the Chinese New Year to give you some background.

The Chinese New Year starts February 10, and it is the Year of the Snake this year. In China, it is known as the Spring Festival, runs three days, and ends with the Lantern Festival. As part of the celebration, it is traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity". On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone1.

For this challenge, you could incorporate Chinese symbols, an image of a dragon or lion representing the traditional parade dance, a snake or two to symbolize the Year of the Snake, or a red envelope.  To mash it up, use the faux paper lantern technique on your project.

1Chinese New Year on Wikipedia

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So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Make a project with a "Chinese New Year (Year of the Snake) Theme".
  2. Or Make a project using the "Paper Lantern Technique".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project for the "Chinese New Year featuring the Paper Lantern Technique".

Liliana ~ Stampin from Home

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1 comment:

  1. I really liked this challenge - great colors in all the cards and a History Lesson to boot! Thanks!


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