Chinese New Year is on the 16th of February this year. It marks the start of the lunar year and the first day of spring; hence it is also called the Spring Festival. In the Chinese Zodiac, an animal sign represents the years and this will be the year of the dog. In China, people take a week-long holiday from work to celebrate the festive period with their families and loved ones. A traditional food to have on New Year Eve is called Jiaozi, a type of dumpling with ground meats and vegetable wrapped in a thin layer of dough, boiled and served while still hot. Most cities and town would have parades; some also have lion dance to celebrate this special day. Traditionally, fireworks and firecrackers are set off to scare away demons. Camphill residents are well exposed to Chinese traditions as many co-workers from China bring their rich cultural heritage with them. It seemed accidental that Aaron – a young work experience student with Chinese culture, was sent to me just when I was pondering about the Chinese New Year. It does make me wonder that this festival is magical too! We would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a prosperous Chinese New Year. By Lee S, with help from Aaron.


Milton Keynes is celebrating its 50th Birthday and to commemorate, the city is throwing a great big FREE party Saturday 21st October! The Feast of Fire will host lots of activities including a peoples procession, fireworks and the performance of Spellbound – a shadow play by Walk The Plank organized by IF Milton Keynes and The Stables. Our resident Alex. F went behind the scenes at the rehearsals in our very own Chrysalis Theatre to bring us a sneaky peek of the wonderful performance. Check out his blog to find out more!

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