The Lunar New Year is a time of great celebration for many cultures around the world. From festive firecrackers and dancing dragons to large family feasts, it's a time of spectacular hope and joy. Children of many backgrounds enjoy this time of year because of the lively parades, delicious foods, cultural significance and symbolic meanings. The Chinese New Year is especially fascinating to kids because each year is represented by a different animal. From the dragon to the horse, kids love figuring out what animal they were born under and what it signifies.