In Week 3 and 4 Junior School enjoyed learning about the Lunar New Year.
New Year’s Day always falls on January 1st for the most of us in the world. In China and some other asian countries, New Year’s Day is also the first day of the first month of the Lunar Calendar! That means the dates changes each year and could fall at the end of January or in February.
The New Year celebrations begin on New Year’s Eve, the big party is on New Year’s Day, and the action continues for the next 15 days. It all ends with the first full moon of the year, fifteen days later with the Lantern Festival, another great carnival and the perfect ending to this great holiday season.
As per long-standing Chinese customs, each year is assigned an animal according to the Chinese Zodiac. This year is the Year of the Dog.
Here are some of the children’s work on display in the junior classrooms:
Look at Room 9’s colourful and creative dragon art! They used different shapes and patterns to make their dragons.
In ancient China, dragons were nice guys. They were caring and looked after things. There were different dragons to guard the wind, the rain, the rivers, and precious metals. That’s why huge paper dragons and gorgeous pottery dragons are seen so often in Chinese art.
Room 8 made a hanging firecracker ornament. Each one of us made a cracker to attach to the line. The Chinese character in the photo is ‘春‘ (chun) which means Spring as it is spring time in February in the northern hemisphere.
Firecracker hangings are hung outside homes to scare off evil spirits and misfortune on New Years Eve. They are symbolic of the noisy firecrackers which frightened away the legendary monster Nian.
Room 2 made dancing dragons to celebrate the Lunar New Year. We had amazing fun creating our colourful dragons. Dragon banners, kites and dragon dances make the New Years parades extra special!