On Tuesday 1 February more than a billion people around the world celebrated the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, and bid farewell to the Year of the Ox and welcomed in the Year of the Tiger. In particular it is a time of year when families come together to celebrate. There are many traditions associated with this holiday, including exchanging gifts, eating special foods, and decorating homes with banners and paper lanterns. At Redcliffe Gardens School the students have been sharing in the excitement and celebrating Chinese New Year with a range of activities.
Our Year 3 pupils created colourful Chinese dragon puppets which were a fun and festive craft for the occasion. Dragons represent power, good luck, and many other things that are celebrated in Chinese culture. The children had great fun making and playing with these puppets; their accordion fold body made them easy to wiggle and move around in an almost life-like fashion when they were taken outdoors at the end of the art lesson. Meanwhile, the Reception class made envelopes and gold coins while learning about the traditions of the Chinese New Year.
All the children enjoyed a special Chinese lunch which they ate with chop sticks before excitedly opening and tucking into their fortune cookies. We decided that Chinese New Year was one of our favourite festivals.