Enfield Heights Chinese New Year
On Tuesday 5th February it was the Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional calendar.
The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China.
Year 3 Snow Class celebrated the new year by learning how to use chopsticks.
Chopsticks are an eating utensil that have been used by said to be all of East Asia.
Using their new chopstick skills the pupils tried to pick up noodles.
The origin of noodles is said to be Chinese with the earliest written record of noodles found in an accident book.
Observances traditionally take place from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2019, the first day of the Chinese New Year was on Tuesday, 5 February, initiating the Year of the Pig.
Chinese New Year is a major holiday in Greater China and has strongly influenced lunar new year celebrations of China's neighbouring cultures, including the Korean New Year (seol), the Tết of Vietnam, and the Losar of Tibet. It is also celebrated worldwide in regions and countries with significant Overseas Chinese populations, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Mauritius, as well as many in North America and Europe.