Understanding Chinese New Year Culture with Children in Girl Guiding UK

[Source]    Confucius Classroom at Wigan and Leigh College [Time]    2013-03-14 16:51:14 

On the evening of Feb 5th, four days before the Chinese New Year’s Eve, the Confucius Classroom at Wigan and Leigh College had a local workshop about Chinese New Year with the World Association of Girl Guides better known as Girl Guiding UK. This is the United Kingdom's largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, with around half a million members including about 100,000 trained volunteer adult Leaders and supporters (non-government, non-profit organization) The purpose of this organisation is to pass on the value of helping each other. According to different age groups, there are Rainbows (age 5-7), Brownies (age 7-10), Guides (age 10-14), Senior Section (age 14-25). This workshop was for a group of Brownies at St. Michael Church in Wigan, which has 24 children.

Girls Actively Interacted in the Workshop

From the workshop, the children got to know about the festive Chinese new year decorations, twelve animals, lion dancing and dragon dancing, dumplings, Lantern’s day and very beautiful lanterns with huge and different designs and the red envelop. The children were very excited about the different culture, they listened to the story of the twelve animals very attentively and always wanted to be the first ones to answer any questions.

This is the first event the Confucius Classroom had to a non-government non-profit organization, and it surely is a very good way to promote the Chinese culture. The The Deputy Section leader of 15th St. Michael’s Brownies Vickie Round said, “thank you very much for this workshop, it was lovely, and I hope the children can have more experience of the Chinese culture from the Confucius Classroom in the future.”

Workshop Ends Successfully

Changli Chen