New Year around the world

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 06/02/2014
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CRAFT FUN: Pictured at Waimate Museum's craft day are Mariska-Shai Loye and Layni McMaster-Wright.

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

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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.

"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."

The display continues until the end of this month.

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