Matariki, Diwali and Aña Nuevo

Matariki, Diwali and  Aña Nuevo - New Year Celebrations Around the World What are the similarities and differences?

Cultures around the world celebrate the new year in different ways and at different times according to their traditions and calendars. 

Room 13 has learnt that in Mexico, everyday objects are pieces of art. We created beautiful mirror art to show our learning about Mexico’s love of bright colours and patterns.




Room 12 learnt that in India they light Divas to welcome people into their houses. We created our own Divas to display in the classroom.




After reading picture books about New Year celebrations in the different countries, Room 12 and Room 13 compared and contrasted the celebrations of Mexico and India with that of Matariki. We used a venn diagram to note down the similarities and differences we noticed between the different celebrations. 



In Room 13 we wrote about what we had learnt about the similarities and differences between Aña Nuevo and Matariki. We illustrated this writing using a triorama.




In Room 12 we wrote about what we had learnt about the similarities and differences between Diwali and Matariki. 

For Diwali people celebrate with family at their house. Matariki does the same. Danielle

Matariki has the seven brightest stars to look at. Diwali is the festival of light. Diwlai has beautiful dresses called Saris. Bianca

Diwali goes for five days and they celebrate with family and friends. We celebrate Matariki by playing string games. Scarlett

At Diwali they put Diva to welcome people to their house. At matariki people look for the stars. Caleb

After they had finished our writing Room 12 learnt how to play string games.




Ask a student in Room 12 or 13 to tell you about the New Year celebrations in India or Mexico. 

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