Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Outside the Box – Christy Johnson
January 31st brought the start of a new year at the turn of the Chinese lunar calendar. Happy Year of the Horse! Celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month (Feb. 15th). Parents came during the week to decorate the campus for this special day. Renascence School International students celebrated in class on Friday.
They created arts and crafts related to the Year of the Horse and practiced Chinese calligraphy. Students and teachers enjoyed eating some of their favorite traditional Chinese treats, such as dumplings, mandarin oranges and almond cookies.
On Friday night, Renascence School International families were pleased to share a five-course dinner at a Chinese restaurant together to celebrate the Chinese New Year. As a special treat, the children were given red packets or envelopes as a new year gift. This is a traditional gift given during special holidays to children in many Asian cultures.