Craft Chinese New Year 2023 For this festive craft, our students created their own ang bao (red packets). What is the significance of ang bao? It is a Chinese custom to hand out ang bao during Chinese New Year.These little envelopes are usually red (for luck) and contain money. It is also a time when kids can save up money for something that they truly want. Not only that, it is the time for adults to bestow luck, happiness and good fortune onto others. Christmas 2022 Christmas is just around the corner! Are you ready??Before anything else, do you know the history behind Christmas? Christmas comes from the old English term Cristes maesse, meaning “Christ’s mass”. That was the name of the Christian worship service held on December 25th to honour the birth of Jesus.How is Christmas celebrated? There are many traditions that go along with the Christmas holiday. One common Christmas tradition is giving presents, which is frequently associated with a figure named Santa Claus. One of the beloved customs of the holiday is decorating a Christmas tree with strings of lights and ornaments. That was what our students did in class last week! They used stamping tools to create the Christmas wreath and added some elements of Christmas like snowman, gingerbread man and candy cane! What is your plan for Christmas? Share with us! Deepavali 2022 Deepavali is also known as the “Festival of Lights”, colourful lights display in public and numerous clay lamps to light up private homes. Deepavali goes on for as long as five days in India. In Singapore, most celebrate for only a single day. The date moves since it is based on the Hindu Calendar. Our students did peacock for our Deepavali craft. Why peacock? What does it symbolize? Well, the peacock feather is an auspicious symbol in Hinduism and figures prominently during Deepavali. Peacock is also the national bird of India and is closely tied with Hinduism. Krishna, the lord of protection, compassion, tenderness and love, wears a peacock feather in his crown. Deepavali is also an occasion to purchase new clothes and utensils, to start afresh and make new beginnings, which reminds people that it is never too late to turn over a new leaf. Global Art Sengkang staff wishes all a Happy Deepavali! Mid-Autumn Festival 2022 Mid-Autumn Festival started more than 2,000 years ago as a post-autumn harvest celebration, which was devoted to thanking the gods. In Singapore, mooncakes and lanterns are offered for sale as early as a month before the festival. So, what is the significance of this festival? The full moon is considered a symbol of reunion, as such the Mid-Autumn festival is also known as the Reunion festival. This year our students enjoyed making their very own lanterns! How do you plan to celebrate your Mid-Autumn Festival? Share it with us! Hari Raya Haji 2022 The public holiday’s just around the corner! What is Hari Raya Haji? The day falls on the 10th day of Zulhijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar. It makes the end of the Hajj, a holy pilgrimage every Muslim is encouraged to make at least once in their lives. What is the significance behind Hari Raya Haji? It is also known as Eid Al-Adha, is an important festival where Muslims reflect on the story of God commanding Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ismail. But God intervened by allowing Ibrahim to sacrifice a sheep instead. Till present, the sacrificial ritual, known as Korban, is an important part of the festival and represents Prophet Ibrahim’s faith and trust in God.Just so you know, the animals are definitely not being tortured! In fact, their comfort and welfare are of utmost important during the whole process. Islam’s slaughtering method ensures a quick and humane to the animal.It also serves as a reminder that there are those around us that is in need. This makes the act of donating and distributing the sacrificed meat to those who need it more than us an honourable one. Father's Day 2022 Father’s Day is a holiday honouring fatherhood and paternal bonds. The celebration changes days year to year, but it always falls on the third Sunday in June! Our students learnt how to make shirt origami, specially made for their dads! As Father’s day is approaching, have you found the perfect gift or activities to do with dads this coming Sunday? Mother's Day 2022 Mother’s day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family or individual. Motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in the society. It is also celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year! Most places celebrate Mother’s Day with similar traditions of giving cards, flowers and gifts to mothers or maternal figures that people want to honour. Our students made Mother’s Day card for their beloved mother, exploring on watercolour dripping method onto the paper hearts! Easter Day 2022 Easter! Egg hunting! Decorations! But did you know that there is a deeper meaning than just decorating eggs and egg hunting? Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to Christian history, Jesus was crucified on a Friday (Good Friday) and rose again three days later on Easter Sunday. Easter is considered the holiest day of the year.Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it does not occur on the same day each year. Currently, all Christian churches agree on how the date of Easter is calculated. It's celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon which is on or after March 21st. This means Easter is always celebrated in either March or April. Look at these beautiful creation from our students! Chinese New Year 2022 Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is just around the corner. This year will be the year of the Tiger! It is told that people who are born in the Tiger year are predicted to be brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident. Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in China. The festival was traditionally a time to honour their ancestors. Chinese families will gather for annual reunion dinner and participating in activities such as lighting firecrackers and giving out money in red paper envelopes! Share with us on how you celebrate your Lunar New Year! Christmas Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25th as a religious cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. The traditions are different from country to country, but they nearly always include a feast, giving gifts or cards and enjoying church or public festivals such as singing Christmas carols and songs. Christmas is just in a few days’ time, what have you prepared for this joyous time with your family and friends? Share with us! Deepavali Deepavali is just around the corner! Our students made Rangoli out of beans and pasta! What is Rangoli? Traditionally, Rangoli is an art of decoration drawn on the floor or the entrances of homes. It is thought to bring good luck, prosperity on the house and in the family, and to welcome guests! They usually do this activity every morning or on special occasion like Deepavali! The Mid-Autumn The Mid-Autumn Festival also known as Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, is traditional celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian people. On this day, the Chinese believe that the moon is at its brightest and fullest size, coinciding with harvest time in the middle of Autumn. Mid-Autumn Festival is an important old festival in China. It's for people to enjoy a happy family time. It's like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mothers cook nice food and the people in China enjoy a happy family dinner. Look at how beautiful our students did their mooncake with pretty patterns! Hari Raya Haji Hari Raya Haji is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice and falls 70 days after the holy month of Ramadhan. It lasts for up to four days. The festival marks the end of the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca and demonstrates each practicing Muslim’s submission to God. There are sacrifices of cows, goats and sheep by those who are financially able to do so. The meat from the animals is packaged and delivered to the poorer Muslim families, the practice of which helps the devotes remember those who are less fortunate. For this festive craft, our students learnt how to create marble like patterns using shaving cream and paint! Mother's Day Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family or individual. It is one of the days to make an extra-special effort to recognize and appreciate mothers’ roles in our lives. There are many ways to celebrate this day, such as going out for a special lunch/dinner, giving handmade crafts or gifts or even cook dinner for your mothers! Let us know how you spent your Mother’s day! Easter Day Easter is a Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the oldest Christian tradition, and it is also considered the most important date on the Christian calendar. Eggs are also associated with Easter since they are a symbol of fertility and rebirth, linking them with springtime and with the celebration of the resurrection. For this year’s Easter craft, our student decorated their very own Easter egg glasses! Easter is celebrated in different ways around the world! How did you and your family celebrated yours? Chinese New Year Lunar New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunar calendar. In the Chinese culture and East Asian countries, the festival is commonly referred to as the Spring Festival, China’s most important festival. There will be different zodiac signs representing each year. This year will be the year of Ox! Every animal has its own character and personality. Oxes are known for it honest nature, diligence, dependability, strength and determination. Share with us which zodiac sign are you and what did you do during this year’s Chinese New Year!