Chinese New Year celebrations at Tops Day Nurseries

Nurseries across the Tops family have recently celebrated Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a joyous time steeped in tradition and mythology. Legend has it that it originated from the mythical beast Nian, with customs evolving over time to symbolise prosperity and new beginnings. Families unite for reunion dinners, adorned in new clothes, and exchange red envelopes for luck.

Furthermore, traditional dishes like nian gao and dumplings hold symbolic significance, while festivities include fireworks, dragon dances, and cultural performances, highlighting the richness of heritage. Food plays a central role in these celebrations, with each dish carrying special meaning and auspicious symbolism. From the vibrant parades to the warm gatherings with loved ones, Chinese New Year is a time for joy, reflection, and the renewal of traditions passed down through generations.

The children here at Tops have taken part in a number of different activities to celebrate Chinese New Year!


Each room at Tops Pokesdown had the pleasure of savoring delectable Chinese cuisine as we celebrated this special occasion. From sweet and savory dishes to traditional delicacies, our children experienced the rich culinary heritage associated with the New Year. Alongside the culinary delights, we engaged in a variety of activities centered around the Year of the Dragon. Crafting vibrant dragon-themed artwork and learning about Chinese traditions, our children immersed themselves in the festivities with enthusiasm and curiosity.

At Tops Copnor, we’re welcoming the Year of the Dragon with our little ones. They’ve been enjoying a range of activities, from making and tasting stir-fry to trying out chopsticks. We’ve also been reading themed stories, dressing up, and creating beautiful gold Chinese paintings.

At Tops Bournemouth, we’ve been immersed in the vibrant festivities of Chinese New Year this week! Our little learners have been busy crafting lanterns. Moreover they also engaged in storytelling sessions to learn about the legend of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Our adventurous Explorers 2 group even showcased their artistic talents. They painted their very own dragon, adding a touch of creativity and excitement to our celebrations.

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