On Thursday 7th February, children in Year 3 and Year 4 celebrated Chinese New Year, heralding the start of the Year of the Pig. The Chinese Zodiac consists of twelve signs and is determined by the Chinese Lunar Calendar. It is based on the cycles of the moon, unlike our western or Gregorian calendar which is based on the solar cycle.
In Chinese astrology, there are 12 Chinese Zodiac signs. Because the moon’s cycle repeats itself every 12 years, there are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac – one for each year of the lunar cycle. The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept.
Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.
Click here for the story of the Jade Emperor’s party and the twelve animals. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ChineseNewYear/ZodiacStory.aspx
During the day, the children made Chinese lanterns with their names spelt in Chinese characters, they learnt about the Chinese Zodiac, they made a 12 metre long Chinese dragon and a Chinese Stir Fry. In the afternoon, Year 3 and 4 paraded the dragon through the rest of the school, danced with Chinese ribbons to traditional Chinese music and enjoyed eating the wonderful Chinese Stir Fry.