Chinese New Year theme is a widely used decoration theme for bulletin board especially in Chinese schools. Various types of decoration styles and patterns can be employed such as using the Chinese zodiacs or Chinese lanterns as the decoration elements.
Chinese New Year is a very important holiday in China. It is celebrated in late January to early February (depending on the year). It is also called the Spring Festival because it marks the end of the winter and the beginning of the spring in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year starts on a New Moon and ends with the lantern festival on the full moon 15 days later. This festival is perfect to be used as a theme for a classroom’s bulletin board.
For the background, you will need a neutral color. Use an off-white color such as beige. This will allow you to decorate the board in very vibrant colors, such as red and gold that represent the Chinese New Year. Red is a very important color in the Chinese New Year celebration. It represents fire which drives away bad luck in Chinese culture. Gold represents good luck and good fortune. Use red when making the paper lantern shapes, and use gold as the writing on the paper lanterns.
An animal represents each year. Dragons are also an important image in the Chinese New Year celebration. Other animals representing the Chinese calendar include: rabbit, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog rat and ox. The Chinese New Year celebration also includes paper lanterns and fireworks. This is the year of the tiger, so use the tiger as the main theme of the bulletin board. In a circular pattern around the tiger, you can place the additional 11 animals that represent the Chinese calendar. Although dragons are usually green, in the Chinese New Year, dragons can also be red. Use red, green and gold as the border of the bulletin board.