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Chinese New Year Celebrations

BSB Sanlitun celebrates the Spring Festival with traditional cultural activities taking place in the class room and around the school.

The Spring Festival is the most important festival tradition in China. Celebrating Chinese New Year is a very effective way for children to learn about Chinese culture. We focus on learning about specific traditions and the associated language in Chinese class and across school over the 27th to 29th January.

We are organising workshops for the children to learn about the key decorations used at Spring Festival and the most traditional activity, called Tuanbai (团拜) when Chinese people visit all their relatives and friends to express their best wishes and exchange gifts. This year the children will adopt this tradition to visit their friends in each year group. They will prepare various traditions - from calligraphy to lanterns that they have made - and present them to their friends’ classes. 

In Reception and Year 1 children will be learning auspicious phrases and rhymes to tell their friends. In Year 2 children will learn idioms and games related to the Year of the Horse to play when they Tuanbai. Children in Key Stage 2 will be prepare for story-telling, singing, poetry and their choice in sharing an aspect of Chinese culture when they visit each other’s classes.

Parents are invited to share any cultural activities with their children’s class and to join us on the 29th to learn how to make traditional dumplings, Jiaozi. We hope to see many of you then!