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Peterbrook celebrates Chinese New Year 2015!

On Thursday 12th February 20 children from years 1 to 6 had the exciting opportunity to make a decoration to celebrate Chinese New Year.  The children made their own hanging decoration in the shape of a sheep as the new year is named after the sheep.  The children worked carefully to make their decoration with many of the older children helping those younger than them if they needed assistance.


Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world when a new year is beginning in the Chinese calendar.  Just like you might have had a party or gone to see some fireworks on December 31st, at Chinese New Year Chinese people celebrate by doing special things. Here are some of the things that they do to celebrate:

  • They often clean their house from top to bottom
  • They will put up special decorations, just like some of us might put up Christmas decorations.  Often the decorations at Chinese New Year are red, this is a colour that means good luck in China.
  • Adult often give children money in money envelopes.  It is thought that the money will help the children stay healthy and bring them good luck.
  • Fireworks are launched at the beginning of new year.

Each year in the Chinese Calendar is named after an animal.  There are 12 animals, and a year is named after 1 animal.  After 12 years each animal has had a year named after it so the cycle starts again.  Here are the animals:

  • rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

 Every 12 years the cycle is repeated and goes back to the year of the rat.

The story of why the animals are in this particular order can be found here:

Mrs R. Dickinson
RE Subject Leader



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