EGA celebrates Chinese New Year - Happy New Year to Xinghua Zhaoyang Lake Junior Middle School and Lida Middle School
We would like to wish Xinghua Zhaoyang Lake Junior Middle School and Lida Middle School a very special:
'Happy New Year'!
As part of the celebrations, some of our art students learnt the art of Chinese card making, the significance of colours, brush pen calligraphy and paper cut tecniques to create Chinese 'Happy New Year' cards. Each tecnique learnt was incoporated in each card created.
Each card was personalised to each Principal and 15 students from each of our sister schools and posted in time for the celebrations. Both Principal Sha Guochan (from Xinghua City Zhaoyang Lake Junior Middle School) and Principal Xu Lei (from Lida Middle School) where both extremly surprised and touched by this wonderful gesture.
Also, in other subject departments across the academy (especially in History, Geography and Mandarin), our students had the opportunity to learn, study and discover a little more about the Chinese culture, New Year festivals and celebrations that take place around this time of year.
In a mandarin lesson, some of our students filmed a special message in mandarin, which was sent to our sister schools - wishing them a Happy New Year in Mandarin and to round up all that had been learnt in lessons our KS3 students celebrated in grand style with an assembly centered around the celebration of this year's Chinese New Year celebrations.
Background into 'The Chinese New Year'
A lot of people celebrate New Year on the 1st of January, but Chinese people celebrate on a different day each year, because they have a different calendar. They use the lunar calendar and this year's new year was schduled for 28th January 2017!
The Chinese call the New Year after different animals. This year is the beginning of the year of the rooster.
Celebrations last for 15 days and include:
Chinese families decorate their living rooms with vases of pretty blossoms and plants to symbolise new growth and flowers and bamboo symbolise wealth and friendship, colourful lanterns, platters of oranges and tangerines and a candy tray with eight varieties of dried sweet fruit.
Dragon dances - typically made of silk, paper, and bamboo. Traditionally the dragon is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets. Processions, music, lanterns and fireworks. To drive away bad luck. Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.
Special foods are prepared like fish, dumplings and cakes. New Year’s Day a meal of a whole fish, to represent togetherness and abundance, a chicken for prosperity. The chicken must be presented with a head, tail and feet to symbolize completeness. Noodles should be uncut, as they represent long life.
Colour Red – why is it so important?
At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck.
A very special thank you to Ms Sun (Mandarin Teacher), Mr Ash (Head of Geography) and Mr Gayle (Head of Art) and to all our students who took part in this wonderful display of appreciation for the Chinese culture!