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Trading goodie bags for CNY

Getting immersed in the cultures and festivals of other races is an integral part of life in Singapore .

In that spirit, 109 pupils from My First Skool played host to nine children from Kindergarten@An-Nahdhah, ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations next week.

Among the visiting children were Sophie Adelia, six (third from left), seen here receiving mandarin oranges from My First Skool pupil Ong Hui En, also six.

With them were Kindergarten @An-Nahdhah principal Noor Arfah Mohamed, 57 (third from right), and My First Skool principal Rabeah Mohter, 36 (right, hidden).

The goodie bags from Kindergarten@An-Nahdhah, which is in Bishan, contained mandarin oranges, a packet of milk and a hongbao with eight chocolate coins, while the goodie bags from the My First Skool branch in Bishan held mandarin oranges, biscuits, sweets and chocolates.

At the start of yesterday's cross-cultural exchange, the host pupils wore qipaos and red outfits, and the children learnt about typical practices during Chinese New Year, as well as its origin.

In 2014, My First Skool pupils visited Kindergarten@An-Nahdhah to celebrate Hari Raya Haji.

Alexis Ong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 06, 2016, with the headline 'Trading goodie bags for CNY'. Print Edition | Subscribe