Thursday, 11 February 2016

Chinese New Year of the Monkey 2016

We welcomed the Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey last Monday, February 9th.  We had our traditional reunion dinner on Sunday evening, with a home-cooked 8-course meal.  The kids wore their new clothes and we put out the Chinese New Year decorations, lucky fruits and sweets.

The first day of the Chinese New Year sees me celebrating it with Kai's preschool class.  We talked about the 15-day celebration, found out about the Great Race of the 12 animals, sang & listened to Chinese New Year songs, paraded around the school with the lion dance (and making lots of loud noises along the way!), ate Chinese food (with chopsticks!) and treats.  I gave each child a lucky envelope with a pair of chocolate coins inside and a Chinese zodiac animal charm.

The children made the crafts over a few days leading up to Chinese New Year.  They coloured in their zodiac animal, made a Chinese dragon mask, learnt the Chinese art of paper-cutting by cutting out the Chinese word for "spring" and made two types of lantern (a fat lantern & a flat lantern).  The children also learnt how to write the Chinese character "fu" (good luck) on their lanterns.

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