Celebrating Chinese New Year

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year and we’re getting involved at nursery. We are going to be spending the day food tasting traditional Chinese foods, learning more about the culture surrounding Chinese New Year and taking part in lots of fun craft activities, like making our very own lanterns.

We traditionally celebrate New Years on the 1st of January but in China their New Years could fall anywhere between January 21st and February 20th this is because the Chinese calendar is based on the seasons throughout the year and the changes in the moon.

To celebrate New Year, China often hold a beautiful festival with candles, lanterns, music, dragon and lion dancing. The Chinese Zodiac is made up of 12 animals, each are celebrated in turn yearly, depending where the New Year falls on the Chinese calendar. This year is the year of the pig.