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Chinese New Year - Year of the Dog 2018

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paper lantern children can cut from paperThe Chinese New Year spans 15 days and starts from the first new moon of the year.

As it follows the moon, the date for the New Year changes each year but it generally falls between mid-January and mid-February.

Each year has a corresponding animal from the Chinese zodiac.

In 2018 it is the year of the dog.

Chinese Horoscope in short:  'One must remember that the Chinese zodiac sign of the Dog, symbol of intelligence and protection, can also turn the year 2018 into a sensitive period, during which activists and students, but also ordinary citizens, feeling deprived of hope and socially excluded, won't hesitate to demand radical changes to their life conditions, and to preserve the future of their children' (By Karma Weather - August 8, 2016)

The following article shares ideas for activities for celebrating the New Year with children, parents and grandparents and teachers in early childhood services.

It also tells you about the legend of a beast called Nian who would eat the crops, how Chinese New Year is traditionally celebrated in families and the form that festivals today take.

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