Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Chinese New Year celebration is also known as the spring festival; it starts on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Every year is represented by a zodiac animal sign. In 2018, we welcome the year of the Dog. The Dog is the eleventh animal in the zodiac.
With bright colours, non-stop revelry and sheer exuberance, we celebrated Chinese New Year with all our friends and families at White Lodge. The children were engaged in activities and played games with an oriental influence like the tangram puzzles, treasure hunt for objects/pictures associated with the Chinese New Year celebrations, a Lantern Obstacle Race and a twist to the egg and spoon race with a Ping Pong Ball and Spoon. In pursuit of artistic talents, the children enjoyed doing Calligraphy, using Chinese brushes to make strokes on paper and made paper plate fans.
The children were engaged in the making and tossing of the Yu Sheng, also known as ‘Lo-Hei’, the prosperity toss to signify tossing up good luck, prosperity and good fortune. A celebration is not complete without music and movement, and to add to the festivities, we adorned the lion’s Headdress and danced to the drums to reverberate with the Lion dance tradition, akin to Chinese New Year celebrations worldwide.
The children enjoyed the dramatization of the Legend of the Nian and the Chinese Zodiac, engaging in Chinese fitness regime, Tai Chi and sing–along sessions in Mandarin. Before we ended the day, we were happy to receive the Mandarin oranges in our goody bags. Participating in activities like these helps to increase cultural awareness of celebrations around the world and we look forward to the next.
We wish everyone “Gong Xi Fa Cai” and a “Happy Lunar New Year!”