*Chinese New Year*
With the upcoming Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) on Sunday, February 10, 2013, we are excited to learn more about the origins of the Chinese New Year and the traditions associated with it. Check out these fun facts about the thousands-year-old New Year's celebration. Be sure to check out our CNY blog post at http://blog.barefootbooks.com/2013/01/chin and happy year of the Water Snake!
Chinese New Year chocolate covered Oreo pandas
In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, and only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones; in modern times, lanterns have been being embellished with many complex designs. For example, lanterns are now often made in shapes of animals. The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting a new one, which they will let go of the next year.