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Chinese New Year

As part of Spring Festival, The Confucius Institute at Edge Hill University invited a group of Year 5 and 6 pupils from Churchtown Primary School to attend their Chinese New Year celebrations.

As part of Spring Festival, The Confucius Institute at Edge Hill University invited a group of Year 5 and 6 pupils from Churchtown Primary School to attend their Chinese New Year celebrations. We watched the opening ceremony which featured a remarkable Lion Dance. Inspired by the performance, we took part in an hour long Lion Dance workshop, where we heard the history of the story behind the lion dance and were able to learn the steps and actions involved in bringing the large sized Creatures to life. Our pupils had an amazing time taking part in a wide range of activities We worked our way along the Chinese Street Market where we participated in a range of Chinese arts and crafts. We tried paper cutting, lantern making and we learned more about Chinese New Year customs and traditions. We got to play some traditional Chinese musical instruments, learned the rhythm of the traditional Lion Dance drum and we were very enthusiastic about wearing some of the traditional costumes and had lots of fun trying them on.

We had our names written on red paper in both English and in traditional Chinese characters. Before we returned to school we were very grateful to sample some delicious Chinese food. As this year’s celebrations come to an end we would like to wish everyone

新年快乐      Xīnnián kuàilè

Happy Chinese New Year

The Year of the Rooster.

Please see our gallery for more photographs from the day