Religions and Festivals


Learning About Chinese New Year 2020 [VIDEO]

It’s that time of year again when Chinese New Year celebrations take centre stage! A holiday filled with colour, culture and celebration, Chinese New Year is celebrated annually but follows the Chinese Lunar Calendar, so the date always changes but falls sometime between January and February. This year it takes place on the 25th January 2020. Watch the video below to learn all about the celebration and find answers to questions such as, “What ‘year’ is it and what does that mean?” “How is Chinese New Year celebrated in China?”... Read More

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Fun Facts about Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year takes place on the 5th February 2019, and this time it’s the Year of the Pig! There are twelve zodiac animals in total, and the Pig is the last of them. Zodiac signs are an important part of Chinese culture, and can help individuals decide on important life decisions throughout the year. The system has existed in Chinese culture for more than 2000 years since the Qin dynasty, and over time has been incorporated into every day life. Here are a few facts about the occasion that... Read More


What is Easter and How is it Celebrated?

Easter is thought to be the most important festival in the Christian calendar, and is at the centre of Christianity. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. After Jesus died on the cross, his body was placed in a tomb, formed from a hollow in a cave. After three days, he rose from the dead and spent time with his disciples. The Easter story isn’t only about one day, Easter Sunday, but includes the whole week before. This is known as Holy Week. What is Holy Week? Palm... Read More


Celebrating Chinese New Year with EYR.

As Christmas comes to an end, thoughts of the New Year begin to surface. A popular New Year topic for most EYFS settings is Chinese New Year, an exciting festival and celebration for young children. We have prepared for the occasion by stocking up on a wide variety of Chinese New Year teaching resources and activities. In 2016, the Chinese New Year festival begins on Monday 8th February. It marks the end of the Year of the Goat and the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. The Great Race... Read More

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Advent Activity Inspiration

What is Advent? Traditionally, Advent marks the beginning of the Christian Year and takes place the four weeks before Christmas, beginning on November 29 or the nearest Sunday. ‘Adventus’ is the Latin word for advent and means, arrival or coming. It is a time for Christians to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. What is an Advent Wreath? Churches will have an Advent wreath, rather than floral displays, during the month of December, to mark the time of Advent. The Advent Wreath is a circle of evergreen... Read More

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Nativity: How to Celebrate the Christmas Message with Young Children

Christmas is a Christian celebration, it marks the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe to be the Son of God. Nativity is the word often used for the story of Jesus’ birth, it is taken from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. At this time of year, many of us will be thinking about Christmas activities which will help young children to understand the meaning of Christmas, beyond Santa and presents, and exploring the story of the Nativity, reminding Christians of the gift of Jesus, the son of God,... Read More


Celebrations and Festivals of Light – Diwali and Hanukkah

Understanding different celebrations and festivals provides children with important knowledge and understanding of other cultures. In many faiths, light is seen as a symbol of hope, with good triumphing over evil and light over darkness. Diwali What is Diwali? Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights and celebrates the Hindu New Year. It is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs all over the world. Diwali translates as, row of lighted lamps, from the Sanskrit, dipavali (dip meaning light, and avali a row or line). Diwali or Festival of Lights, is held in honour... Read More