A pig of a new year

Kong He Xin Xi - or Happy New Year in Mandarin - is the message for schools across Scotland celebrating the Chinese New Year, which started on Sunday.

Learning and Teaching Scotland has published a Chinese New Year special in the Modern Foreign Languages Environment on its online service.

By dipping into this section, you can find out how to make a traditional lantern and decorate it with calligraphy, and reading about the customs and traditions surrounding new year festivities provides a link from languages to other subjects such as citizenship, geography or modern studies.

According to the Chinese traditional calendar, the next lunar year is believed to be the year of the golden pig. Such a year comes only once every 60 years and babies born in this year are believed to have luck, good fortune and a long life.

Discover how Perth and Kinross schools are using Chinese as a cross-curricular vehicle to deliver A Curriculum for Excellence, p17.

* www.ltscotland.org.uk mflesharingpracticechinesenewyearintroduction.asp

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