Chinese New Year is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese Zodiac has 12 animal signs and each year is represented by a different animal. This year is the Year of the Rat.
Children at The Gleddings have been greeting each other by saying, “Xīn nián hăo” (新年好 – which means Good New Year) and “Xīn nián kuài lè” (新年快乐 – which means Happy New Year).
They have been listening to a New Year story about the 12 zodiac animals and learning about traditional New Year customs. They have learned that Chinese children receive red packets (红包hóngbáo) which contain lucky money. As Chinese New Year lasts for fifteen days, Chinese children have plenty of opportunities to collect their lucky money!
The seventh day of the New Year is also known as the People’s Day (人日rén rì). Our fantastic Chef Lizzie and the kitchen team specially cooked a delicious Chinese lunch for us to mark the People’s Day.