February 5, 2011
photos: Burnham and Highbridge celebrate Chinese New Year
Children in Burnham and Highbridge have been celebrating Chinese
New Year with a range of colourful activities.
At Highbridge Children's Centre, the youngsters learned how to
write simple Chinese symbols, including numbers, use chopsticks
and taste delicious Chinese food. They also made a trip to a local
Chinese takeaway to find out how the food is prepared.
Julian Plested told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The week culminated
in the children creating and then parading their very own dragon
costume. Everybody learned a lot about Chinese culture, while
enjoying themselves and having fun."
And at Burnham's Octopus Centre more than 50 youngsters took
part in a two-day Chinese New Year celebration.
Staff and children donned fancy dress and learned about Chinese
traditions and customs. Burnham's Taste of The Orient restaurant
provided items for the event.
Angela Stone, Family Support Worker at the Octopus Centre, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The children enjoy celebrating different
festivals and cultures from around the world. Our two-day Chinese
New Year celebrations involved as many children as possible, from
babies upwards, taking part in making drums, lanterns, dragons
and traditional food."
Pictured (top) children at Highbridge Children's Centre with their
very own dragon costume and (above and below) the Octopus Centre