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Chinese New Year 31st January 2017

On Friday, English set 4C were delighted to welcome Eric Chen 4KL, who talked to them about Chinese New Year. 2017 is the year of the Rooster.

Eric dressed up in traditional costume and presented a power point referring to traditions and celebrations taking place over the New Year.

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays, and a time of feasting with the family, celebration, fireworks and gift-giving. It is a 15-day holiday, beginning on the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival.

Eric spoke about his favourite foods and why firecrackers are an important part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Firecrackers provide a happy ending to the parades and dances and are a must for the joyous atmosphere of the celebrations. This was followed by a group discussion on celebrations in London, China Town and Chinese culture.

Eric showed a selection of red envelopes that contain money and are given by adults to young children during the celebrations. It is believed that the money in the red packet will protect the children fro. evil, keep them healthy, and give them a long life. Finally, Eric showed us a wonderful selection of decorations brought and explained how Chinese people lavishly decorate their houses to welcome in the New Year.

Well done Eric!

Mrs H. Thorowgood

Librarian

 

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