This week we have been learning about the meaning behind the Chinese New Year and the Zodiac calendar.
In small groups, we watched a short clip of an old fable from China on youtube “The Story of Nian” which explains the history behind the celebrations and festivities of the Chinese New Year.
As the fable goes, Nian the Monster would come to frighten the people of small villages, on the first day of each New Year. The village people would hide in the mountains to escape, until it was discovered (by a wise old man) that Nian was frightened of the colour red, bright lanterns and fireworks - which is why the Chinese New Year is celebrated with lantern festivals and fireworks. You may have noticed our own lanterns, created by the children, decorating our walls.
We have also looked at the different animals of the Zodiac Calendar and the story behind “The Great Race” which involves all the animals of the Zodiac. The children were asked to think about each animal of the Zodiac and predict which one would be the one to win the Great Race. Only Dominique chose the RAT as the winner of The Great Race . The rat sneakily chose to take a ride on the back of the big strong Ox, and to then quickly jump off and race ahead of the tired Ox to win the race!