Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Chinese New Year Explanation

Chinese New Year is special to the Chinese culture because everyone comes
together to celebrate and spend time with each other. Each year is named
after an animal.This year is the year of the dog. The dog represents
responsibility and seriousness.  

Chinese New Year is when all the families come together as one. They make
egg rolls, shrimp and noodles. In China the egg rolls represent the bars of
gold, the shrimp represent the happiness and the noodles represent long life
(if the noodle is long that means you will have a long life but if you cut it
you will have a short life). During this festival people give
Hong Bao to children and unmarried adults. In this red envelope there is
money to symbolize good luck and wealth.

People around the world celebrate Chinese New Year on the first
new moon of the year (which lasts for 15 days). On the last day they
light their lanterns to remember the ones who have passed on and to keep the
bad spirits away.

Each year we celebrate one of the 12 animals of the Chinese New Year.
There are 12 animals because the Jade Emperor didn’t know which animal to
choose so he set a race to see which order the years would be celebrated in.
This year we’re going to be celebrating the year of the earth dog. If there is a
person born in 2018 he/she might have the personality of an earth
dog, eg: would be responsible and serious.   

Chinese New Year brings people together. They decorate their houses in red
and gold, light fires, let of fireworks and wear red to continue to keep Nian,
the monster away.

Our learning today is about the Chinese New Year and how this festival is celebrated. We worked with a partner to write notes and then use those notes to write an explanation. Viva and I were worked together to do this task collaboratively. We used a new word Mrs Anderson taught us to help us plan our writing and the word was TIIC. What the word stands for is title, introduction, information and conclusion. What I really like about this is that I got to learn about information that I never knew about Chinese New Year and i now know why people wear the colour red, use fireworks and bang the drum to make loud noises during this time.

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