Horsing around for Chinese New Year

A youngster at Happy Jays Nursery, York, celebrates Chinese New Year

Youngsters at Happy Jays Nursery with their dragon

First published in News

CHILDREN at schools and nurseries across York, North and East Yorkshire have been celebrating Chinese New Year with a host of activities.

As the Year Of The Horse got under way today, youngsters at Happy Jays Nursery at Clifton Moor were taking part in festivities as part of a week of events which have seen the three and four-year-olds attempting to eat Chinese food with chopsticks and counting to ten in Mandarin.

Pre-school supervisor, Naomi Jones who has been organising the week, said: “It’s gone really well. We have had things going on all week with about 35 children making Chinese lanterns and taking part in all kinds of craft activities as well as making a big model dragon and doing Chinese dancing and drumming.”

At Bootham Junior School pupils were also marking Chinese New Year.

Head teacher Helen Todd said: “Chinese New Year festivities traditionally take place over 15 days so we won’t just be celebrating today. In preparation, the children in nursery and reception have made a dragon, and we learnt a dragon dance.

"Next week, there will be Chinese crafts and music to enjoy as the children learn more about Chinese culture, language and geography. Our chef is even planning a Chinese banquet.”


Time to celebrate

The Year Of The Horse begins today as the Year Of The Snake comes to an end.

There are 12 animals representing the Chinese New Year which is also the beginning of the lunar year and begins on a different year every day.

Celebrations, which include lion dances, gift exchanges and feasting, last for 15 days.

In York, youngsters aged five to 12 will be celebrating the new year on Saturday at Clifton Explore Library with Chinese crafts and stories from 10.30am to 11.30am.

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12:25pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Sillybillies says...

Why?
Why? Sillybillies
  • Score: -21

12:45pm Fri 31 Jan 14

sheps lad says...

Sillybillies wrote:
Why?
For fun you miserable so and so!
[quote][p][bold]Sillybillies[/bold] wrote: Why?[/p][/quote]For fun you miserable so and so! sheps lad
  • Score: 22

1:42pm Fri 31 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

Are the Children Chinese?
Are the Children Chinese? YorkPatrol
  • Score: -11

2:27pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Platform9 says...

I wonder what's in the burgers at school lunch time?
I wonder what's in the burgers at school lunch time? Platform9
  • Score: 0

3:28pm Fri 31 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

How about supporting British culture while we are still in the majority.

Try and buy shoes in M&S and find they are made in India while suits are made in China. Both countries we give aid to and our jobs. Might as well get the kids into foreign culture too, I guess.
How about supporting British culture while we are still in the majority. Try and buy shoes in M&S and find they are made in India while suits are made in China. Both countries we give aid to and our jobs. Might as well get the kids into foreign culture too, I guess. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -17

3:45pm Fri 31 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

ColdAsChristmas wrote:
How about supporting British culture while we are still in the majority. Try and buy shoes in M&S and find they are made in India while suits are made in China. Both countries we give aid to and our jobs. Might as well get the kids into foreign culture too, I guess.
Your right - The whole thing sucks
[quote][p][bold]ColdAsChristmas[/bold] wrote: How about supporting British culture while we are still in the majority. Try and buy shoes in M&S and find they are made in India while suits are made in China. Both countries we give aid to and our jobs. Might as well get the kids into foreign culture too, I guess.[/p][/quote]Your right - The whole thing sucks YorkPatrol
  • Score: -23

5:26pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Overproof says...

Quote :

"Begins on a different year every day"

C'mon.
Quote : "Begins on a different year every day" C'mon. Overproof
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6:20pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Jesus effing christ you narrow-minded selfish so and sos!

It's called learning!
They are children and they are learning about the world they live in. It's a big place with the most amazing myriad of different cultures and tastes. Why would you want to deny children the opportunity to learn?

Gosh yes, can;t have them learning about foreign customs, let's limit them to UK stuff. In fact, now that I think about it, why teach them about silly soft southern stuff? Are they cockneys? No! Let's just teach them about the North. No, make that Yorkshire. Scratch that, make it just York. Nothing else.
Hmm, isn't Geography an easy subject now?
At least their young minds aren't being polluted by all that outsider stuff.
Jesus effing christ you narrow-minded selfish so and sos! It's called learning! They are children and they are learning about the world they live in. It's a big place with the most amazing myriad of different cultures and tastes. Why would you want to deny children the opportunity to learn? Gosh yes, can;t have them learning about foreign customs, let's limit them to UK stuff. In fact, now that I think about it, why teach them about silly soft southern stuff? Are they cockneys? No! Let's just teach them about the North. No, make that Yorkshire. Scratch that, make it just York. Nothing else. Hmm, isn't Geography an easy subject now? At least their young minds aren't being polluted by all that outsider stuff. Buzzz Light-year
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3:03am Sat 1 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

Considering the numbers of people in York from the Far East, I think it is appropriate that local children learn about their customs. Children should leanr about customs of other countries anyway, because it will be they who are the ones possibly making future buisness deals with overseas investors after we're dead and buried.

I don't see what the problem is to be honest... just keep the kids away from learning the phrase "allahu akbar" and 'that' way of life and then things will be OK

There are 12 animals representing the Chinese New Year which is also the beginning of the lunar year and begins on a different year every day.

I didn't know things could begin on a new year every single day!
Considering the numbers of people in York from the Far East, I think it is appropriate that local children learn about their customs. Children should leanr about customs of other countries anyway, because it will be they who are the ones possibly making future buisness deals with overseas investors after we're dead and buried. I don't see what the problem is to be honest... just keep the kids away from learning the phrase "allahu akbar" and 'that' way of life and then things will be OK [quote]There are 12 animals representing the Chinese New Year which is also the beginning of the lunar year and [b]begins on a different year every day[/b].[/quote] I didn't know things could begin on a new year every single day! Magicman!
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8:55am Sat 1 Feb 14

Ellie-Badger says...

My son came home and told me loads of things a bout Chinese New Year yesterday. He is 4 and only just starting at school. My 2 year old came home from nursery and showed me a Dragon dance and then we all. tt is amazing to me that their little minds absorb so much! I would rather they had a well rounded, interesting and varied education than some of the dim witted bigotry and thinly veiled racism you hear and see nowadays. The world is getting smaller, surely you want your children to have the best chance of understanding the world around them by learning the exciting celebrations and stories of ALL cultures, not just their own.
My son came home and told me loads of things a bout Chinese New Year yesterday. He is 4 and only just starting at school. My 2 year old came home from nursery and showed me a Dragon dance and then we all. tt is amazing to me that their little minds absorb so much! I would rather they had a well rounded, interesting and varied education than some of the dim witted bigotry and thinly veiled racism you hear and see nowadays. The world is getting smaller, surely you want your children to have the best chance of understanding the world around them by learning the exciting celebrations and stories of ALL cultures, not just their own. Ellie-Badger
  • Score: 3

12:28pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Sillybillies says...

Ellie-Badger wrote:
My son came home and told me loads of things a bout Chinese New Year yesterday. He is 4 and only just starting at school. My 2 year old came home from nursery and showed me a Dragon dance and then we all. tt is amazing to me that their little minds absorb so much! I would rather they had a well rounded, interesting and varied education than some of the dim witted bigotry and thinly veiled racism you hear and see nowadays. The world is getting smaller, surely you want your children to have the best chance of understanding the world around them by learning the exciting celebrations and stories of ALL cultures, not just their own.
I take it that on 23rd April all the little kiddiwinks will come home full of stories about St George and the dragon? Better still all public buildings will fly the English flag to celebrate our patron saint's day and we will have a public holiday?
[quote][p][bold]Ellie-Badger[/bold] wrote: My son came home and told me loads of things a bout Chinese New Year yesterday. He is 4 and only just starting at school. My 2 year old came home from nursery and showed me a Dragon dance and then we all. tt is amazing to me that their little minds absorb so much! I would rather they had a well rounded, interesting and varied education than some of the dim witted bigotry and thinly veiled racism you hear and see nowadays. The world is getting smaller, surely you want your children to have the best chance of understanding the world around them by learning the exciting celebrations and stories of ALL cultures, not just their own.[/p][/quote]I take it that on 23rd April all the little kiddiwinks will come home full of stories about St George and the dragon? Better still all public buildings will fly the English flag to celebrate our patron saint's day and we will have a public holiday? Sillybillies
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9:37pm Sat 1 Feb 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Are you all joking?

I think its lovely.

Do you really think that our kids cant enjoy the benefits of learning about important cultural events even if they are foreign? They look like they had a great time.

I'm sure at some point they will have a trip to beamish to see how you all had it :-p im sure you will approve of that?
Are you all joking? I think its lovely. Do you really think that our kids cant enjoy the benefits of learning about important cultural events even if they are foreign? They look like they had a great time. I'm sure at some point they will have a trip to beamish to see how you all had it :-p im sure you will approve of that? TheTruthHurts
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