We celebrated the Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival on the 5th of February 2016. Prior to that day, we started the preparations. Our centre was decorated with red paper decorations and lanterns. We made beautiful crafts that represent the Chinese culture. We practised the Chinese national anthem and the ‘Happy New Year’ song in Chinese. We also invited our whanau to come and join us in the celebrations.

Finally the much awaited day arrived. Our teachers were busy making Chinese food in the kitchen. We all got dressed in Chinese traditional clothes. The main room was packed with people. Tristine told us about how the Chinese new- year and Lantern festival are celebrated in China. Then we sang the Chinese national anthem and ‘Happy New Year’ song. Finally we got to eat the yummy Chinese food.