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Chinese New Year Celebrations!

In February we spent a day celebrating the Chinese New Year. We all came to school dressed in red, like Chinese children do for their annual celebrations. This is meant to bring good luck. First we watched a short video about the very first Chinese New Year and some important New Year traditions. Next, we listened to a story about how twelve animals had a race, all wanting to have the New Year named after them. After that we worked in groups to make animal puppets, and practised re-telling the story. For lunch we had a Chinese feast of chicken, rice, noodles, prawn crackers and vegetable spring rolls. We had fortune cookies for dessert. We even made some traditional half-moon dumplings from scratch! In the afternoon we performed our puppet shows before we went home with our lucky coin envelopes. We had lots of fun learning about Chinese New Year stories, traditions and food!

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