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Chinese New Year, from Saturday January 28 2017


Chinese New Year is celebrated nationally and internationally with colour, noise, and light. The New Year celebrations span 15 days from the date of the first full moon in a calendar year. Because it follows the lunar cycle, the New Year date is always changing. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster according to the Chinese Zodiac. 

New Zealand boasts a large Chinese community and Chinese New Year celebrations are held across the country. By celebrating Chinese New Year in your school, you can involve your local Chinese community and encourage your students to think nationally and globally and become more Asia aware. If you have students of Chinese origin, you can invite them to lead the learning as experts in the classroom.

By learning about Chinese New Year, students can examine the social science concepts of cultural identity, place and environment, and continuity and change. It is also a useful context to explore values such as diversity and respect, and to develop key competencies such as thinking, relating to others, and participating and contributing. 

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