This weekend marks the start of celebrations for Chinese New Year and 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. Some of our Year 1 pupils dressed in traditional Chinese costume for school today and the class have made some very colourful textured paintings of roosters.
After lunch, the children enjoyed a visit from Mr Li, Jessica’s father, who explained what the rooster means and told them the story of the other creatures in the Chinese Zodiac. He also taught the children to say some Chinese words – ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ and ‘happy new year’. Mr Li’s hobby is calligraphy and he brought with him brushes made from wolf and fox hair and helped each child create a seasonal piece of writing in Chinese.
Jessica and Beatrix gave every one of their classmates a little red ‘money bag’ containing two chocolate coins. The colour red symbolises energy and good fortune for Chinese people – and red packets are traditionally given to children as new year gifts to bring good luck for the coming year. The fish on the envelopes is a symbol of wealth and prosperity.
What an exciting day!
We would like to wish all our families and friends a very happy Chinese New Year 2017 – and a special thank you to Mr Li and to Beatrix and Jessica for helping us to celebrate in style!