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The Year of the Dragon - Chinese New Year Party Ideas


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The Chinese Community are gearing up to welcome in the Dragon which starts on the 23rd January. Their calendar is lunisolar and Chinese New Year (known as the Spring Festival) is the biggest party on their calendar. The celebrations run for 15 days and on the last day is the Lantern Festival.

A joyous and important festivity on the Chinese calendar, families and friends celebrate the new and release the old. Homes are cleaned out of ill-will and room is made for good fortune. On New Year’s Eve families gather to feast on pig, duck and chicken followed by sweets. At the end of the evening they gather and light fire crackers. The first day, parents give their children little red envelopes or bags with gold coins in them. On the second day of the New Year celebrations, many believe that it is the birthday of all dogs and as such those with pooches can gift them with doggy treats. By the fifteenth day, and out come the lanterns and everyone gets together to welcome in the New Year (Dragon). It is also the time for those seeking that special someone to find their true love (in Malaysia and Singapore tradition). Single ladies write their name and contact number on a mandarin and throw it into a river where her true love will find it and call her.

Of course though, if you are having a dinner party you don’t need your single friends throwing mandarins around so instead why not place a mandarin at each place setting along with a little red bag filled with chocolate gold coins. If you are looking to celebrate the Year of the Dragon with a party or a wedding, Australia's #1 Party Shop & Wedding Shop has all the products you need to party like a Dragon. Stick with the lucky colours of the Dragon (black, green and gold) and go with the oriental touches of  Party Lanterns, Fortune Cookie Place Card Holders, Asian Spoons. Fill up little noodle boxes with fortune cookies and serve up plates of mini spring rolls, dim sims, money bags (pork mince or seafood with vegetables wrapped in thin pastry), egg and rice noodles – oh yum! Now I am hungry!!! Use the little Asian spoons on the platter to serve with oyster, soy, chili dipping sauces. Also make sure you have chopsticks on the ready. According to Chinese culture, the colour red symbolises luck and wealth so make sure your room is decorated with flashes of red to ensure good luck for your party and guests!

So what about the Dragon? I happen to have a little oriental dragon tattoo that I decided to get on my 19th birthday. I don’t know why I was drawn to this image but I knew I had to have it (much to my mum’s shock). Years later I met my hubby and it was after we were married that I was told by a friend that Mike was born in the year of the Dragon. This year, the Chinese New Year starts on 23rd January which is Mike’s birthday... dragon tattoo, hubby coincidence? Well those born in the year of the Dragon are believed to be lucky and blessed, and he married me so it has to be true! They possess strength, health, harmony and intellectuality (although some days my hubby causes me to wonder about that last bit). You share the company of celebrity Dragons Neil Diamond, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Al Pacino and Shirley Temple and your lucky colours are black, gold and green.

Around Australia the Chinese Community will be holding their New Year parties and if you are able to, I recommend you join in. They are so much fun. Lots of dancing and food and vivid colours – all of which you can incorporate into your own Chinese New Year party at home, just with the click of the mouse Australia's #1 Party Shop can help you plan and put together a fantastic party to welcome in the Year of the Dragon.



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