Children at ELFA preschools in Hougang and Pandan Valley had their most memorable Lunar New Year celebration ever on 20th January. They put up a Lion Dance procession and practised calligraphy to write auspicious couplets to usher in the Year of the Rabbit.
For the Lion dance, some of the children played the role of the Lions while others accompanied them with drums and gongs. Children at ELFA Chinese Preschool @ Pandan Valley even did a Dragon Dance.
More importantly, the children learnt about the origin and significance of the Lunar New Year through stories from the teachers. Donning traditional clothing, they greeted each other and exchanged Mandarin oranges.
The calligraphy session further helped children to understand the meaning and spirit of the occasion through the writing of new year wishes. They also played games and had an art session to craft festive-related items, including 3D make-believe fire crackers.
To mark an auspicious and healthy year for everyone, children at Pandan Valley made Jiao Zi (meat dumplings). Those in Hougang tossed and savoured Yu Sheng (raw fish salad).
Teachers at ELFA @ Hougang made a photo booth festooned with new year phrases for children and parents to take photographs.
What a fun and memorable time for all!