On Chinese New Year families get together and have a big feast. Elder people give red packets with money to children (it is called hong bao in Chinese).
People also have fireworks, ceremonies and parties. Chinese New Year is a
time for families to catch up and a time to have fun and joy each others company.
the 29th of January, Nexus had a free dress (well you had to wear
Chinese outfits or something red) because of Chinese New Year. Yesterday we had our
Chinese New Year assembly. Year 5 did a Chinese rap and 8 members did a
song with a solo each.
After the assembly our head of primary, Mr B
came around dressed as Chinese Emperor, Cai Shen. Cai Sen is the god
of fortune. Mr. B went around the school with 2 helpers,
giving out hong bao with chocolate coins inside.
The Legend Of Nian
Long ago, in ancient China, there was a
monster who traveled from village to village, eating anyone he saw. A god
banished Nian the monster into a mountain cave He was allowed to come out only
once a year.
Only one village knew his weakness. One day the village
found out that Nian was going to the forbidden kingdom for dinner. The
forbidden kingdom was only a few miles south of their village. So, they
glued red paper on the walls and doors, hung lanterns and lit the
candles in the lanterns and put the lanterns outside the houses. They got fire crackers
and matches ready. Nian was scared of the colour red, bright lights and
When Nian came, everything in the village was dark, like a
black blanket. Suddenly a firework exploded in the air! Then another
and another. As Nian was distracted by the fireworks the villagers lit
the candles and lanterns. Nian saw the light and roared. He also saw the
red paper in the light and the lanterns. He got so scared he ran away
back into his mountain home.
Now every year people all over the world hang
up lanterns, stick red paper on walls and doors and lit fireworks to
scare away Nian. Now that day is called Chinese New Year, a big
celebration to show Nian, they know his weakness.
2014 is the year of the horse (horse is ma in Chinese). Horse is an
adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous and
strong animal. The horse's element is fire. Two good partners with it are
the dog and tiger.
We wish you and your family good fortune and prosperity throughout this year! :)
Written by E .M F