Chinese Lantern Sessions

The following is a write up from a Ms Hannah Micallef a primary teacher at Pembroke School as feedback regarding these cultural sessions. The cultural session included various crafts from different countries such as rainstick from Peru, Kenthe from Ghana, Masaai from Kenya and Chinese Lanterns from China.

“The Year 5 and the Year 6 classes at Pembroke Primary School had the wonderful opportunity to take part in sessions held by Ms. Nancy Camilleri from Missio Malta. The sessions aimed to teach about different cultures and traditions around the world, whilst promoting the work of the Missio Organisation which helps poor and disadvantaged territories.  

The last session held in April, gave a glimpse of the Chinese traditional festivals, mainly focusing on the Chinese New Year and the Chinese Lantern Festival. The children learnt about customs held to celebrate the festivals such as the dragon dances, setting off firecrackers and traditional food like dumplings. They also discovered about the Lantern Festival held traditionally the last day of the Chinese New Year Period. During this time, it is traditional for the children to go out during the evening, carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles. As explained during the session, by time, lanterns have been embellished with complex designs, often red, symbolizing good fortune. These are released into the air, representing the people letting go of the past and moving on to the future year.  

Following this interesting information, a craft activity was held. The children were given step by step instructions to create their own lantern. The children were enthusiastic to see a piece of cardboard turning out to be a colourful lantern.  

After the session, the children grew inquisitive and looked up more information about China and its traditions. We once again thank Ms. Nancy and Missio Malta for this opportunity”

Article written by: Ms Hannah Micallef – Teacher at Pembroke Primary