“Xīn nián kuài lè! Nián nián yôu yú!”
Chinese New Year, also known as ‘Spring Festival’, is celebrated by more than one-fifth of the world’s population. It is one of the most important festivals and is celebrated to herald the arrival of spring and what it symbolises – harvests, wealth, prosperity, as well as new beginnings. 2019 marks the year of the Pig, which is the twelfth and last animal in the zodiac calendar.
At White Lodge, Lunar New Year is a time of rejoicing and festivity. The schools were decked in bright red and sparkling gold to usher in good health, prosperity and fortune. Staff and children came to school in bright colours or traditional Chinse costumes to join in the celebrations.
We had organised plenty of hands-on activities to introduce children to Chinese culture and appreciate the traditions. Children participated in the Prosperity Toss known as ‘Yu-sheng’ or ‘Lo Hei’, put on a ribbon dance show, and made vegetable dumplings and crafts to decorate their homes.
As per part of the Chinese custom and tradition families were presented with a pair of Mandarin, which is believed to bring riches into your life.
At White Lodge one of our core values is to we celebrate diversity. Participating in cultural celebrations is a practical extension of this value. It helps children to be culturally aware, and respect and appreciate differences. Such events also promote creativity, high-level thinking, and collaboration both within and outside the classrooms.
Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! “Gõng xî fā cái”!