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Children and staff at Kiddi Caru’s Peterborough’s day nursery will be celebrating Chinese New Year on February 19th.
Chinese New Year 2015 begins on Thursday 19 February, and ends on 5 March. It is day one month one of the Chinese lunar calendar, and its date in January or February varies from year to year.
The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with the Chinese zodiac, which has 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, Rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal represents a year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year's Day. 2015 is a year of the goat.
As part of the celebrations the children will be looking at Chinese writing and trying their hand at emulating it to create their own words. In addition there will be crafts in the form of making red money envelopes that are traditionally given to children as gifts.
Emma Auston, Nursery Manager, said, “We love to celebrate lots of diverse festivals from all over the world as part of our inclusive activities and also so that children learn to embrace lots of different cultures. Chinese New Year is a fabulous festival and one that we look forward to every year. It is one of the most visually stunning festivals and I cannot wait to see the displays that will be created by the children.”