Today we welcome the beginning of the Year of the Water Snake for the Chinese New Year! This is the biggest holiday of the year in many Asian countries and communities and is a time to be with family and friends to celebrate the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, as it is sometimes called. I have never been to China during the days long festivities but was able to follow some of the celebrations around the world here.
I have had the wonderful opportunity over the years to work with many excellent printers and pop-up manufacturers in Asia and I want to wish all of my Chinese colleagues joy and prosperity in the coming year or to put it another way: Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin), Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese), or 恭禧发财 (Simplified Chinese).
The wonderful paper artist, Colette Fu has designed a simple pop-up card that you can download from her blog and make to celebrate the holiday. (The images at the top of this post are from there.) While you are at her site, check out some of the interesting pop-up projects she has created over the years like ‘We are Tiger Dragon People’.
Happy CNY and look out for upcoming posts about China when I visit there for a pop-up production trip soon.