Chinese New Year celebrations take place all over the world and last for around 15 days (this year ending on the 15th February) and we at Mairtown are no exception; we have been holding a few celebrations of our own!
The red colour of the envelope symbolises good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits.
Making this diamond shaped decoration required lots of patience. We followed some instructions that we found online, but despite its simple structure, the folding and lining up of the envelopes was complex and tricky. What a great way for us to practice following a process from start to finish, combined with a little trial and error too!
Chinese New Year is a time of celebration, reunion, forgiveness, sharing and thanksgiving.
Ang Pow is a gift of money, which symbolises blessings, good luck, good health and success.
‘The connections we make, the actions we take, and the questions we ask each other are vital to how we develop a competent approach to culture in its many variations.’ (Shackwell, Early Childhood Australia)
Plum blossom is another symbol linked to the Chinese New Year and was a wonderful resource to consider in our art studio as we continued our discussions today.
The plum blossom symbol is tied directly to the Chinese New Year, representing courage and hope. It is also much admired for blooming on bare branches during the cold winter months.
A simple combination of black Indian ink and water colour paints made some beautiful yet delicate blossom pictures.