Monday, 03 February 2014 06:19

GONG HEI FAT CHOY!

Charlotte and Eleni talk about Chinese New Year Charlotte and Eleni talk about Chinese New Year

Year 7 students took over assembly on Friday to talk to ASPIRE about Chinese New Year.

Charlotte and Eleni delivered a presentation on the origins and customs of the traditional holiday, which took place on 31st January.

The pupils spoke about how 12 animals came to be featured before introducing 2014 as the year of the Horse.

Running from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, the celebration is the longest in the Chinese calendar.

As part of the holiday, families traditionally gather for a reunion dinner.

They also prepare by placing red decorations around windows and doors and clean their house in order to sweep away ill-fortune and make way for good luck.

Following the assembly, students were invited to look at the Chinese Zodiac to find their animal and see if its reputed attributes match their personality.