Surfleet Primary pupils wear red to welcome Chinese New Year
Pupils at Surfleet Primary School wore red, an auspicious colour, as they brought in the Chinese New Year.
Class 3 pupils joined forces to create a traditional Chinese dragon and different aspects of the nation’s culture and traditions were celebrated during the day.
Teacher Anett Baxter said the day ended with a special assembly, where each class showcased their work such as dance, poetry, singing and crafts.
Student teacher Pauline Cheung was on hand to advise about some authentic Chinese customs, including one where newly married couples present red envelopes containing cash to children – usually children of unmarried relatives – during Chinese New Year.
Miss Cheung presented envelopes containing chocolate coins to some of the youngest pupils, so they could practice receiving the gift with two hands, according to tradition, and also offer the customary good wishes to the donors.
China’s cuisine was celebrated too and lots of pupils enjoyed a treat of sweet and sour chicken.
February 16 brought in the Year of the Dog.
Chinese people regard dogs as very auspicious animals. If a dog comes to a house, it symbolises good fortune is on the way.
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