February 12th brings the advent of a new Lunar Year and with it, a host of pan-Asian traditions. On that day, traditional lunisolar calendars mark the moon as being at its newest, and the spring being ready to be sprung. Gloriously, Chinese tradition on this side of the Pacific will make itself tasted, heard, and seen: dumplings for dinner, the trading of red packets, or the hanging of lanterns.
How will you celebrate the Year of the Ox? With a bang?
Possible Places to Start
- Whatever celebration you take part in on the 12th, depict it.
- Try your hand at the esteemed art of Chinese Calligraphy .
- Sketch the moon. Or, sketch a normal street scene tinged with the color red.
- Write a short story about a New Year's gift that goes totally, horribly wrong.
Don't forget to include your name, grade and school, and an (optional) headshot with your piece. Also, titles! Send your submission to YouthReview@EmeraldParents.org by Monday, February 15th.
We realize some of you may have submitted related pieces to the July series on Family Tradition. If you have already had a piece published, we urge you to delve deep into other aspects of this historically rooted and culturally rich holiday.