Wow! How great were the costumes, again. Thanks to all the parents and students who put in the effort to be a part of this fun day. Great to see the excited faces and enthusiasm during Book Week.
Check out the characters.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Chinese New YearA traditional Chinese dragon winds its way through the streets of Turfan in the Xinjiang.
New Year is celebrated with great enthusiasm in London’s Soho –one of the centres of the Chinese –speaking community in Britain.
These colourful floats form part of the Singapore annual Chin gay parade. Lanterns of all imaginable shapes and sizes are displayed.
People worship at Temple and bring offerings to the gods whilst lighting incense for Chinese New Year. They hope that their offerings and prayers will ensure harmony with the gods and bring good fortune in the coming year
Stilt walking is a favourite entertainment at New Year. There are many different types of stilt displays, some highly energetic, some, like these stilt walkers, calm and beautiful. The name, Yangge or seedling song, come from the songs song by peasants planting rice seedlings. These performers from the Heilongjiang province, china, dress up as characters from traditional stories.
Some Chinese people believe that in the seventh lunar month, the giant gates of the underworld open. Ghosts who have been trapped are released to visit the living. The night before the rituals, lanterns are lit in the temples and released on the water, so the ghosts can be guided to the ceremonies. People prepare offering of food for the hungry ghosts, and burn paper money for them to take back to the underworld.
The dragon boat festival
The dragon boat festival is a 2000 year old tradition. The now occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional lunar calendar.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The date of Anzac day is April 25
The day is about the war between Turks and Australia and New Zealand.
On the 25th of April the way that Australia celebrates is that 10s of 1000s of people stand motionless in the darkness to remember their fallen countrymen and women as they mark the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915.
We celebrate with a quick 1 minute of silence to remember the soldiers who fought in the war. Past soldiers march around the town square while observers acknowledge there that they protected our country. Some of us celebrate by staying at home or doing something with the family.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month everyone stops and remembers the people who died at war, particularly the First Wold war.
At 11am on11november 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months.
Australians traditionally have a ceremony to remember all the people who went and defended their country at war. Also we respect them by having one minute of silence to remember who dedicated their lives at war for our country P.S Remembrance Day it is also Shayla’s birthday
The best way to relay the concepts of remembrance and commemorate is by telling simple stories and using visual material such as photographs and artefacts including slouch hacks and the like.
Australia day is the official national day of Australia. The national day is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a nation or non-sovereign country. Australia’s national day of celebrations is a day for all Australians to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian.
National Aboriginal and Islander day is a day for Aboriginal and Islander people to celebrate their survival as Australia’s first people, their contribution to Australia’s ongoing history and their achievements as modern Australia’s. The original one-day celebrations which stated in 1957, has now been extended into national celebration.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week.
Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces NAIDOC promotes the first Sunday in July as a day to draw the attention of Australians to aboriginal and islanders people.
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