Celebrating the Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in China, is one of the most important festivals in the Chinese tradition and is celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar calendar.  Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month.

Just a little background on how Spring Festival is celebrated in China, the biggest event is the annual reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve.  It is similar to the Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S., families get together and eat a special big meal.  During this period, people celebrate with lion dances, dragon dances, fireworks, family gathering, family meal, visiting friends and relatives, giving red envelopes, and decorating with couplets and lanterns.

As for our international students, this is the time when they feel very homesick.  With this in our mind, we brought the Chinese traditions to each of our partner schools to celebrate with our students and share the culture with the American students.

Dumplings – during this festival, people prepare different gourmet for families and guests.  Among them, the most well-known ones are dumplings.  Dumplings symbolize wealth because their shape resembles a Chinese sycee.

Red envelopes (红包 hongbao) – traditionally, red envelopes are passed out during the Chinese New Year’s celebration, from married couples or the elderly to unmarried juniors and children.  The red envelopes almost always contain money and are also known as “the money used to suppress or put down the evil spirit”.

Couples and lanterns – this is a traditional decoration that is frequently used during Chinese New Year.  People put these in the doorways to create jubilant festival atmosphere since the phrases written on it means good luck and prosperity.

Lastly, we would like to thank all the students and school faculties who helped with planning and made these events happened.  We wish everyone a fruitful year and may we all achieve our new year resolutions!

The Year of the Dog

2018 is a Year of the Dog.  In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle.  Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030…

Interested to find out what your zodiac characteristics?  Find out more here: https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/dog.htm