Similar to Antoine, Sara also celebrates the festival of Halloween. She brought us a paper lantern which she hangs up to decorate her house. Sara also read a book which was about different costumes people dress up in when they go 'trick or treating'. She answered lots of questions about the lantern and the children were really interested in pumpkin carving. www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUVNHh2hkGUThis video has some good ideas for carving pumpkins (with adult supervision of course!)
Julien showed us about the traditional way he celebrates at a football game. He supports Belgium which is why he wears a Belgian flag and a hat with the same colours. He showed us how he would shake his head from side to side in celebration if someone from his team scored a goal.
In Japan people often visit a shrine on New Year's Day. Sosuke showed us a photo of Chiba shrine which is very near to his grandmothers place in Japan. Sosuke explained that at the shrine people put money near a bell, shake the bell and then make wishes for health and happiness in the year ahead. We were curious about the lanterns and lions pictured as well as the reason for not being allowed right inside the shrine. The video below shows what people do when visiting a shrine in Japan.
Daniel brought some Chinese tea. He said he drinks it every day. We looked at it, felt the texture of it and smelled it. Daniel gave instructions about how to make the tea with water. Later we tasted it. Someone questioned a child drinking tea as they thought it was a drink only for adults. www.livestrong.com/article/309235-about-the-benefits-of-green-tea-for-children/This describes some of the health benefits of green tea for children and also warns of the small amount of caffeine which green tea contains.