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Friday 12th February

Chinese New Year - 12th February

(RRSA - Article 31, leisure, play and culture)


What is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays, and is a time of feasting with the family, celebration, fireworks and gift-giving. It is a 15-day holiday, beginning on the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival.

The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, so the date of Chinese New Year changes every year. The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year pattern with each year named after an animal. There are various stories which explain this. The simplest is that Buddha (or the Jade Emperor) invited all of the animals to join him for a New Year celebration, but only 12 animals turned up. To reward the animals that did come, Buddha named a year after each of them in the order that they arrived, starting with the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. (Find another version of the story here).

Depending on the year you are born, you are believed to have the various character traits of that year's animal. You can find much more by exploring the Chinese Zodiac section below.


Year of the Ox

On 12th February 2021 we wave goodbye to the Year of the Rat and welcome in a new Chinese New Year, the Year of the Ox!

If you would like to find out more about Chinese New Year, have a look at the activities below.

Safety Week - Understanding the World - Staying Safe


Objective: Water safety


(RRSA - Article 3, best interest of the child, Article 6, life, survival and development, Article 18, parental responsibilities and state assistance, and Article 28, right to an education)


We will be learning about how to stay safe by water. Think about things that are safe at the beach and things that are not.

Please click on the link below to watch the video about how to stay safe at the beach.


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