Today is Chinese New Year, also called the “Spring Festival”, a celebratory occasion for millions of people all over the world.

Traditionally in China the Spring Festival is a time of great celebration when families come together and enjoy festive feasts, firework displays and young people receive good luck gifts of red envelopes filled with money.

In Chinese tradition, each year is named after one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. This year is the year of the Pig – traditionally believed to be a symbol of optimism, enthusiasm and hard work.

Pupils at both the Prep and Senior Schools marked the day with celebrations at lunchtime when they enjoyed a tasty selection of Chinese food including, at the Prep School: sweet and sour chicken with noodles, mushroom foo-young, prawn crackers and banana fritters, and at the Senior School: beef in black bean sauce, vegetable stir fry and vegetable spring rolls.

Year 3 pupils also celebrated by taking part in the popular Chinese New Year tradition of hanging wishes for the future on red paper from a tree. They also wrote some lovely acrostic poems, using words and phrases relating to the occasion!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!