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By Steve Chung

Discover how the Chinese unleash their creativity with the arrival of their New Year in the form of arts and craft items.

The Chinese people for decades now have been using the lunar calendar. Out of all the important days, no other date or occasion is as famous or important as the Chinese New Year.

Apparently, the Chinese New Year does not fall on the first of January. Cycle of the moon plays an important role in confirming the date of the New Year thus we find that it is a date totally different from Gregorian calendar dependent on the sun.

The Chinese New Year is a unique festive time for the Chinese people. The festive spirit of the people then are very high and during the entire season, lots of celebrations and happenings are seen on the streets of China. While having these celebrations, the Chinese have developed many traditions like making New Year crafts to welcome the New Year.

Amidst the fireworks and feasting are also seen a range of Chinese New Year crafts which are added to show the creativity and innovation present in the master craftsmen of China. They add color and diversity to the on-going festival.

The New Year displays a whole lot of diverse events such as firework show, the giving of gifts and the festival of lantern. Everyday has its own range of Chinese objects which are meant to signify the event of the day. These Chinese crafts sell out easily during the New Year season.

All New Years in China is represented by an animal symbol, obviously the Chinese New Year crafts too represent the animal in all their crafts. This practice has some useful purposes in Chinese society.

First and foremost, this is a way of keeping the ancient Chinese culture alive. Besides, there are a lot of artists and craftsmen who get a chance to expose their skill and also get a good market to make their works commercially viable and do a lot of business during the festival.

These Chinese New Year crafts serve good utility purposes when they are used as gifts to be given to people who belongto the Chinese culture. Not only are the crafts inspired by the animal of the year, but also these New Year gifts are often presented to people who were born in the year of the same animal.

The New Year crafts are not just boundto the use of the animal of the year. Rather there is a wide range of crafts that are specifically prepared for this time of the year. There is a very innovative and interesting collection of fireworks that is considered to be part of the New Year crafts.

You will find a special range of craft during Chinese New Year in form of lanterns. The Chinese are heavily into fortune predictions and various crafts pertaining to it are sold in the markets. There are also a separate set of craft items that are made especially for the adolescents during the New Year.

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