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Happy Chinese New Year 2016 – The Year of the Monkey

February2

Chinese Lunar New Year is an important Chinese festival also known as the Spring Festival.The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February.

Red envelopes are gifts presented at social and family gatherings such as weddings or holidays such as Chinese New Year. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits. It is traditional to put brand new notes inside red envelopes and also to avoid opening the envelopes in front of the relatives out of courtesy.

250px-Laisee ( RED ENVELOPES )

HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE IN 5/6C

March26

May you feel the hope of new beginnings, love and happiness during this joyful Easter holiday.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!

I look forward to you having a restful holiday and coming back in Term 2 with renewed enthusiasm. Keep safe during the holidays and be sensible with whatever you do.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

February18

VIETNAMESE & CHINESE YEAR


LUNAR NEW YEAR
It is a time of feasting, dancing, celebrating and exchanging gifts. The first day of the first lunar month comes between late January and mid- February and the festival often lasts many days. The week before, the house is cleaned and the paper models of the god of Wealth and god of the Kitchen are burnt, so that they can report back to Heaven on how well the family have behaved during the last year.

The Lion Dance is an important part of the festival. The lion dances through the streets and ‘eats’ red packets of money hanging from the doorways and ensures good fortune to the people. Also at New Year, attractive paper door strips are put up beside the main doors to ward off evil forces.

Red packets containing money are given to the children. The covers have good luck messages on them. A new paper statue of the god of Wealth is put up during New Year to bring good fortune.

Big family feasts are a high point of the festival. Every year is named after one of the twelve animals, such as the Pig, Rat or Snake, so the feast is usually vegetarian to show respect to these animals.

The dragon is a symbol of a prosperous year. The lion dance dates back to the Han Dynasty (205 B.C. to 220 A.D). It is an important tradition in China. Usually the dance is part of festivities like the Chinese New Year, grand openings of businesses, and weddings. If well-performed, the lion dance is believed to bring luck and happiness.
These lion heads are made from a lightweight construction; with it performers can display the most advance moves with ease and comfort. While the lion dance is being performed through the streets fire crackers are lit.

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