2020 is the Year of the Rat
On the 25th of January 2020, my family and I celebrated Chinese New Year and welcomed the Year the of Rat. The Rat is the first of twelve creatures in the Chinese Zodiac of which includes the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
“Yee Sang” (Prosperity Salad Toss)
As part of our celebrations, we performed the “Yee Sang” otherwise known as the Prosperity Salad Toss to bring us good luck and prosperity during the new year.
The Lion dance is key to our Chinese New Year celebrations so my family and I went to watch the Lion Dance at our local shopping centre, and the drumming transported me back to my childhood in Malaysia.
Chinese calligraphy demonstration
In honour of Chinese New Year, I was invited to do a Chinese calligraphy demonstration for the Kindy class at Amare Child Care in Bassendean, Western Australia.
I showed the children how to write “Gong Xi Fa Cai” which means “Happy Chinese New Year” and “Shu” which means “Rat”.
It was a pleasure to share my culture and traditions with the children and my sincere thanks goes to Stephanie and her team for having me at Amare Child Care.