This week the spotlight has been on Chinese festivals and celebrations. We found out about the Dragon Boat Festival and Chinese New Year. It seems that dragons play an important part in Chinese celebrations.
Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival is held on 5th May every year. It is held in memory of Qu Yuan, a Chinese man who drowned in the Miluo River. Fishermen tried to save him by paddling out on boats and even threw food into the water so the fish would not eat his body. Today, celebrations include dragon boat races and special ‘zongzi’ food is eaten. Zongzi is special food wrapped in bamboo leaves. Click HERE to read Daniel’s blog post about the history of the Dragon Boat Festival and how we celebrated it at school.
Chinese New Year
Click HERE to watch the Behind the News video clip we watched to learn about Chinese New Year. We discovered:
* Chinese New Year is usually in February and celebrations last for 15 days.
* The Luna Calendar determines when Chinese New Year is celebrated.
* Dragons are a symbol of good luck and can be made from paper, silk and bamboo.
* Some dragons are 70 metres long and need 200 people to carry them.
* Each year of the Chinese Calendar is represented by an animal.
* It is believed that people take on the characteristics of the animal of the year they are born.
* It is considered bad luck to do house work during Chinese New Year because you will sweep away good luck.
* People eat special dumplings shaped like money so they become rich.
* There are special red envelopes with money handed to children.
After taking notes in a data chart we used the Educreations app for the first time ever to create a short report on Chinese New Year. We are still learning all about this new app and Miss Crowther is still learning how to put our iPad creations on the blog. Hopefully you can click HERE and HERE to see our early creations.