On the eve of the Chinese New Year students of Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre were introduced to the traditions of the Chinese New Year.
As an extension to the very popular Shenhua Hour; a company initiative instigated last year aimed at promoting active staff involvement within the local community; staff attended the Centre dressed in traditional Chinese dress to relay a story on the traditions of the Chinese New Year.
Kathy Wu, Zhang Jing and Frank Wu explained that it was a time of celebration with families where new clothes were given to the children as well as red envelopes containing money. The children also learnt about Chinese astrology where each year (starting from Chinese New Year) is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle. 2015 is the Year of the Sheep/Goat. People born in a Year of the Goat are generally believed to be gentle, mild-mannered, shy, stable, sympathetic, amicable, and brimming with a strong sense of kind-heartedness and justice.
Winanga-Li was decorated with Chinese lanterns and decorations and the children had the opportunity to play with dragon puppets and participate in drawing activities.
Kathy Wu, Trish Easey, Debbie Watson, Zhang Jing and Frank Wu from Shenhua Watermark and staff from Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre celebrating Chinese New Year with students.