The boys in Ms Smyth's and Ms Campbell's Senior Infants had a very special visitor to help them celebrate the Chinese New Year. Mrs Zhao-Dunne is a parent of one of the boys in Ms. Smyth's and she had come to tell the boys all about the traditions around the great Chinese celebrations.
The boys were clearly enthralled. They had already explored the topic of China through their Aistear sessions.
Mrs Zhao-Dunne explained how the phases of the moon determined the start of the Chinese New Year. She told them the traditional tale of the mythological creature Nian and explained that each Chinese New Year was dedicated to a different animal, with 2018 being the Year of the Dog.
The boys especially loved the Chinese New Year tradition of giving children red envelopes containing money, perhaps a custom they might like to adopt here! And they delighted too in Mrs Zhao-Dunne's parting gift to them all-their names, written in Chinese characters.
Thank you for such an entertaining afternoon, Mrs. Zhao-Dunne!