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Xīn Nián Kuài Lè !- Happy Chinese New Year31st January 2017

Chinese New Year celebrations were explained to the children today. We decorated the nursery with good luck symbols on the walls, lucky red and gold lanterns and blossom trees, and lots and lots of red – an auspicious colour in Chinese culture.   The children took turns to play the lion, the monk leading the parade, and the musicians responsible for making lots of noise – which everyone did really well.

The lion wasn’t the only animal at nursery that day. Nursery mascot Rebecca Rabbit turned up too, to distribute lucky red envelopes – another New Year tradition. She helped the children to learn New Year greetings in Chinese – “Xin Nian Kuai Le” – Happy New Year and “Dor Shair” – Thank You.

Festive food is always special, but this Chinese banquet was extra special, because it included spring rolls and fortune cookies the children had made themselves. Other treats were rice, noodles and sweet and sour chicken. The children even got to try eating with chopsticks – even if they ‘cheated’ a bit by using elastic bands to keep them under control.

Little Farmers nurse practitioner Zoe said: “This has been so much fun. We have put in an awful lot of research and planning, but it’s been worth it.  “The children have learned so much, they’ve tried new foods and they’ve enjoyed dancing to the beat of the drum during the lion dance. There’s been quite a party atmosphere here today.”



















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