Lewisham Children & Family Centre

Happy Chinese New Year – “Gong hei fat choy”

Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals of the year and celebrates the new lunar new year. The Chinese calendar is made up of a cycle of twelve years, each of them being named after an animal. Some people believe that those born in a particular will have some of the characteristics of that animal. 2022 is the year of the tiger and people born in a year of the Tiger are brave, competitive, unpredictable and confident.

Chinese New Year is a time when families get together to celebrate with food, red lanterns and decorations and fireworks.  It’s a vibrant festival bursting with red and gold decorations. The colour red is a lucky colour and is supposed to frighten off the monster, Nian, who is thought to appear on the Chinese New Years Eve. The colour gold represents wealth. Families often give gifts of money in special red envelopes. Children often wear clothes with tigers on.

 Why not try these ways to celebrate the Year of the Tiger?


Make a Handprint Dragon with CBeebies

Colourful paper dragon made with bright coloured paper


Make a Chinese Rattle Drum with CBeebies 

Black TV presenter with short hair wearing a purple hoodie and smiling by an orange window, holding a Chinese rattle drum.

Make a healthy and yummy Stir Fry with Change4Life

Bowl of stir fry with a wooden spoon showing white meat and red and green peppers

However you are celebrating this year we wish you great happiness and prosperity.



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