19th March 2011

Room 21 has been learning all about the Chinese New Year. We are also looking at festivals around the world. We have discussed some festivals that we celebrate in New Zealand. See if you can tell mum or dad three facts about the Chinese New Year.

When is it celebrated?

What is the Chinese word for good luck?

Why is the dragon so important in the Chinese New Year?

Room 21 has also started to make some dragons. Wow, look at those cutting out skills.



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3 responses to “19th March 2011

  1. Miss Campbell

    Good morning Room 21, Miss Campbell here thrilled to hear about your Chinese New Year focus. Miss Campbell used to live in Hong Kong and has celebrated many Chinese New Years.
    Kung Hey Fat Choi means Happy New Year in Cantonese.
    It is a time many people go to their family grave sites to clean & restore them. It is also the tradition that every family thoroughly cleans the house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”.
    The traditional symbol for Chinese New Year is a miniature orange tree given as a gift.
    People will spend their money to buy presents, decorations, materials, food, and clothing. On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.

    Hope this helps with your study 🙂
    Miss Campbell

  2. fuschia

    I love those DRAGONS room twentyone

  3. fuschia

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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