The fish is often associated with the Lunar New Year, with China, Vietnam and Thailand believing the fish to auspicious. In this activity, Hantastic Kids talk you through the links between the fish and Chinese celebrations for the New Year.
The fish（鱼yú）is a pun for ‘abundance’, ‘surplus’ or ‘plenty’ in Chinese language. Hence in Chinese culture fish has been an auspicious symbol for centuries. We often see a lot of them around Chinese New Year when people hope to have a lucky start of the year.
In this activity, learn about the symbolic meaning of fish in Chinese culture and create your own lucky fish poster to celebrate the start of Chinese Lunar New Year.
This activity has been created by Hantastic Kids, for the National Maritime Museum.
You will need:
Craft paper: red x 1; yellow (gold) x 1; assorted colours x 3 of your choice. Note: red and yellow are the key festive colours of Chinese New Year.
A pair of scissors
A round bowl or small dish
A small bottle cap
Googly eyes x 2 (non-essential as you can draw the fish eyes!)
For instructions in EN and traditional CN:
For instructions in EN and simplified CN:
There you go. Looks like this lucky fish poster is ready to create the Chinese New Year vibe!
You can use scrap paper and old magazines to give the fish unique looks.