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Chinese New Year 2015: Redbridge celebrates Year of the Sheep

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:38 19 February 2015

Pupils at Highlands Primary School celebrating Chinese New Year. Picture: Highlands Primary School

Pupils at Highlands Primary School celebrating Chinese New Year. Picture: Highlands Primary School

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Colourful celebrations marking Chinese new year have kicked off across Redbridge.

Ramona Phillips, five and Monika Unterova at a create your own dragon for Chinese New Year at Hainault LibraryRamona Phillips, five and Monika Unterova at a create your own dragon for Chinese New Year at Hainault Library

Libraries in the borough have been hosting events throughout half-term holiday in honour of the festival, which started today (Thursday).

This year marks the end of the Year of the Horse and the dawn of the Year of the Sheep/Goat.

There has been confusion over which animal the year is dedicated to, as the Chinese symbol ‘yang’ means horned animal – applying to sheep, goats and rams.

Cllr Wes Streeting, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We’ve been running a programme of events focusing on Chinese new year to celebrate and give children an opportunity to learn more about this important festival, while at the same time having fun with arts and crafts.”

On Tuesday night, the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Ashley Kissin held a fundraiser at the White Swan restaurant in The Broadway, Woodford Green, for his charity, the Royal British Legion.

Guests, including mayors from across London, enjoyed a Chinese feast before being treated to a traditional dragon dance.

Cllr Kissin said: “It was extremely good. We raised a considerable amount of money and a good time was had by all.”

Last week Year 1 pupils at Highlands Primary School, Highlands Gardens, Ilford, hosted an assembly for two visiting school inspectors from Hong Kong, acting out the story behind the animal zodiac and singing a Chinese song.

Headteacher Kulvarn Atwal said: “The inspectors were very pleased to visit the school and described it as having a unique climate for learning.”

Year 1 teacher Richard Morse added: “The children enjoyed learning about different cultures and were surprised to hear some people celebrate new year at different times.”

Send your celebration pics to laura.burnip@archant.co.uk or tweet @ilfordrecorder


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