New Year around the world

20:40, Feb 06 2014
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CRAFT FUN: Pictured at Waimate Museum's craft day are Mariska-Shai Loye and Layni McMaster-Wright.

Waimate children have celebrated 2014 with a craft day at the museum.

The event was part of the Waimate Museum's new display Celebrated New Year Around The World.

Display co-coordinator Joanne Barlow said it was a fun day where children and adults learned about how Waimate residents from other countries celebrate their New Year.

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COLOUR FUN: Margaret Nicole and her mother Barbara Mewburn decorate plates at a Waimate Museum craft day.

"The crafts help lead into telling the traditions of these countries."

Crafts on offer included Rangoli patterns and decorated lamps for Diwali, the festival of light from India, where children learnt the meaning of the tradition.

"They were able to create their own tartan picture for the Scottish hogmanay, make a book mark with a Maori design and a porotiti (musical instrument) for Matariki. Great Chinese lanterns were created."

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YOUNG DESIGNERS: Pypr McMaster, left, and Rebecca Saunders-Tack put their design skills to use at the Waimate Museum craft day.

The display continues until the end of this month.

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