Chinese Dragon Festival at London Primary School

The Chinese Dragon is so famous and popular that even children have heard of it and, what’s more, seem to be fascinated by this iconic Chinese symbol. A recent carnival thrown by children at Highlands Primary School in London stands to prove that.

Wanstead Park, where the school is located, transformed into a riot of joy and color after hundreds of children performed with costumes, instruments, masks and, of course, a colorful Chinese dragon. The kids paraded from the school, in Highlands Gardens, to the park.


Naturally, the carnival was centered around a story created by the children. The fete saw children taking in countries around the globe to illustrate UNICEF’s children’s rights. The story behind the carnival was of two friends who traveled through a portal around the world and had different adventures in every place they visited.

Each class at the school was designated to represent a different costumes. For the representation, the classes used elaborate costumes created right at school. Then, the kids performed a national dance – including street dance, samba from Brazil, and Russian folk dancing. The renowned Chinese dragon dance didn’t miss, either.


Organizer Sandy Kaur said both parents and children had a wonderful day. “It was a huge success and there was so much positive feeling”, she added.

This kind of initiative is not only fun and exciting for parents, children and teachers alike, but is also very educational. Given the theme of the carnival, all pupils had the chance to learn about different countries of the planet and their culture, traditions and iconic symbols.


The Chinese dragon was clearly a great attraction, since children of all ages seem to be fascinated with these creature. Not to mention that the kids had the chance to design their own costumes and be part of the whole carnival process. What a great initiative!

Interesting Facts About The Chinese Dragon

Dragons have always been regarded to as fascinating animals, no matter if we are referring to European or Chinese culture. Dragons are part of the Chinese culture, but they exist in the Western world, as well. Where did dragons come from? No one really knows which is the origin of these animals.


  • When it comes to appearance, the Chinese dragon looks like a combination of more than one animal. This dragon has a little something from reptiles, snakes, but also lizards and alligators.
  • Dragons have always been extremely important in Chinese culture. They are mythological creatures, the symbol of Chinese emperors.
  • In Chinese culture, dragons are considered to be strong and intelligent creatures, able to bring good fortune.
  • They were used as symbols of political leaders, as well as warriors.
  • Chinese dragons are able to burn anything on their way, but still they are associated with bodies of water, including the East China Sea.
  • In Chinese mythology, dragons are considered to be yang, while phoenix is yin. While the dragon is extremely powerful, the phoenix is gentle and graceful.
  • The dragon is one of the 12 animals of the zodiac.
  • People born in the Year of the Dragon are considered to be great leaders. However, they can also be tactless and arrogant.
  • Chinese dragons have always been associated with the number 9.
  • Chinese dragons are usually featured in sculptures and paintings.
  • The dragon is worshiped as a holy creature in many regions of China.


There are numerous stories about the Chinese dragon. The symbol of the dragon is extremely important in Chinese culture. It is featured as an important part of all Chinese Festivals. For instance, the dragon dance has become widely known as part of the Song Dynasty. Another famous festival featuring this symbol is the Dragon Boat Festival.

Make Your Own Chinese Dragon

Historically, the Chinese dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. This legendary creature is a very important symbol in Chinese mythology and folklore, being known to the world especially due to the Chinese dragon dance that happens on new year’s eve. Chinese dragons are typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. If you want to learn how to make a brightly colored Chinese dragon on your own, check out the steps below. The dragon’s flexible body will move up and down just like the real thing. Remember to give it a friendly face, because Chinese dragons are not fierce fire-breathing creatures.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 2 strips of red and yellow or orange paper (75 cm long and 3 cm wide);
  • orange and green card;
  • yellow, white, red and orange paper;
  • a pencil;
  • sequins;
  • glue;
  • scissors.

Here is what you have to do.

  • Cut out the dragon’s head shape from an 8cm by 8cm square of red paper.

  • Cut an 8cm by 3cm rectangle from a piece of green paper and snip wavy lines almost to the full length to make the dragon’s beard. Glue the beard to the back of the chin of the dragon’s head.

  • Make the teeth from white paper and stick them just above the beard. Cut out two eye shapes also from the white paper and glue them on together with further shapes, as in the picture, to decorate the dragon’s head. Add sequins for eyes and nostrils.

  • Glue the ends of the two long strips of red and yellow paper together at right angles.

  • Make a concertina body for the dragon by folding the bottom strip over the top strip and then the top strip over the bottom strip repeatedly. Make sure you glue the ends together well.

  • Glue the dragon’s head to the body.

  • Cut some narrow strips of red and yellow paper for the tail. Curl these carefully between your thumb and some rounded scissors and glue them to the end of the dragon.

And there you have it! By following these simple steps, you will have your own personal Chinese dragon you can wave around at parties or in the park. It will take you little time and resources to make it, so get to work!

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