Last week in preparation for Chinese New Year, which fell on Sunday 22nd this year, students learnt how to make some traditional decorations to bring good fortune to the household. Our Chinese and Taiwanese students in attendance also shared their rituals and customs for celebrating the new year.
Chinese New Year 2023 started on Sunday 22 January and the celebrations will last for 16-days. 2023 is a year of the Rabbit! Each day of the 16-day long celebration has a name and designated purpose or significance.
Decoration 1: Spring Festival Couplets (Chunlian)
Spring Festival Couplets are a very popular and important tradition for celebrating Chinese New Year. Characters are written in calligraphy on red diamonds and longer red scrolls and affixed on doors to bring good fortune to the household.
Decoration 2: Chinese Lanterns
Chinese lanterns are lit during new year festivities for peace and reconciliation as well as to honour the deceased.
Last week we also organised a Chinese cooking class where students learnt the art of spring roll making and enjoyed the fruits of their labour. No new year’s celebration is complete without food!
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