Woodpecker Hall celebrate Chinese New Year

Woodpecker Hall 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 4 presented a very special assembly that involved a karate performance, a Chinese dragon and the story of the Chinese Zodiac.

The arts and crafts club also created amazing Chinese lanterns as a part of the school celebrating Chinese New Year.

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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.