Celebrating Chinese New Year.
新年快乐 / Xīnnián kuàilè / Happy Chinese New Year! We welcome the opportunity to explore family traditions unique to each child and celebrate diversity.
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Chinese New Year is a time for new beginnings and a fresh start, with red the celebrated colour representing good luck and prosperity.
For Chinese New Year at Kidsfirst Wakatipu kindergarten parents spent the morning making wonton and dumplings with the children, to help celebrate and learn more about this special event.
“Tamariki were able to have a go at making wontons and really enjoyed eating them too!” says Teacher, Aimee Cornforth.
PARENTS AT KIDSFIRST WAKATIPU MAKE TRADITIONAL WONTONs WITH CHILDREN.
“We also learnt that children traditionally receive a special red envelope with money inside as a gift for Chinese New Year.”
“It was fantastic that these parents, alongside their children, were able to share their culture with us through making food that is traditional to their country,” says Aimee.
We really value and appreciate families sharing special cultural events with us, giving tamariki opportunities to try new things and help make connections with the wider world.
Did you know?
- 2018 is the Year of the Dog, one of the twelve year cycle of animals to appear in the Chinese zodiac, related to the Chinese calendar.
- People born under this sign are said to have the great attributes associated with a dog, being good friends, loyal and loving – positive personality traits in anyone’s book.
- If you were born in the Year of the Dog i.e 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 then you are in good company. You are with eminent personalities such as Michael Jackson, Winston Churchill, Prince William, Dr Jane Goddall, Confucius, Socrates, Benjamin Franklin and the Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, best known for a series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables, just to name a few who share the Year of the Dog with you.
- The character 狗 refers to the actual animal while 戌 refers to the zodiac animal.
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