THE year of the snake was celebrated in style as children staged their very own Chinese New Year celebrations.
At Stakesby School children took part in a special Chinese New Year assembly led by Whitby resident Mel Liu who also visited youngsters at Fyling Hall and Lythe schools to talk about the traditions associated with the occasion.
Mum of two Mel who runs Argyle Guest House in Hunter Street with her husband Billy said the children gave her a wonderful reception.
She said: “I contacted the schools myself about coming in to speak to the pupils about Chinese New Year.
“I decided to approach them as my husband Billy is Chinese and our two children Jude (6) and Eli (2) are half Chinese.”
During the assembly she spoke about many of the customs including how to wish people a Happy New Year in Chinese and the tradition of married couples handing out red envelopes to small children, teenagers and single adults.
The pupils also made a colourful Chinese dragon which are legendary creatures in Chinese folklore and a wishing tree on which they hung paper wishes for other people on.
At Ruswarp School pupils who had been learning about the world as part of their topics visited Sander’s Yard restaurant where they enjoyed a Chinese banquet where they mastered the art of eating with chopsticks as well as sampling some fortune cookies.