Chinese New Year 2021!

Chinese New Year begins today. The celebrations last for sixteen days. The fifteenth day of celebrations is known as the Lantern Festival. On that day, dragon dancing and lion dancing parades take place in the streets. Families walk the streets carrying lit lanterns.

Colourful Lanterns – Image from RTE.ie

Red decorations are everywhere, and it’s usual to wear something red as this colour is meant to ward off evil spirits. Fireworks used to be a huge part of Chinese New Year celebrations, but many cities in China have now restricted fireworks due to safety and environmental concerns. The tradition comes from a folk tale about a monster named Nian who was scared away using firecrackers.

Dragon Festival – Image from RTE.ie

Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac. 2021 will be the year of the Ox. The Ox is second of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac, with the nature of great patience and a desire to make progress, the Ox symbolises diligence and determination.

We wish all our pupils with Chinese heritage, and their families, a Happy New Year!

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