Beautiful dances, traditional songs and Chinese cuisine in the dining hall were just a few ways in which GFS celebrated the Lunar New Year, one of the most significant Asian holidays and a time for feasting, reflection and renewal. Based on the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar, the Lunar New Year took place on February 5, ushering in the Year of the Pig.
On Tuesday, students, faculty and staff schoolwide donned red in celebration of the Lunar New Year and took part in Lunar New Year celebrations in each division. That evening, the GFS boarding community, along with many day students and faculty, enjoyed a special Lunar New Year dinner in Alumnae Hall. The Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner is the most important family ritual of the year, representing a night of unity, reunion, and harmony. At GFS, the community dined on “lucky foods” for good health, prosperity and long life.
Lower School students celebrated in Chinese Club on Thursday by learning two new words: 春/chūn/spring and 福/fú/luck. These are two words often used during the Lunar New Year. Ms. Liu walked the girls through some Chinese language history by writing the same Chinese word using different writing forms from various time periods. Some girls tried to write "spring" in oracle bone style, the students wrote spring festival couplets together and some girls made a paper cutting of Chun/春/Spring. Ms. Liu ended the lesson by giving each girl a red envelope containing an old coin, which is a traditional Chinese Lunar New Year gift given by elders to younger generations.
On Friday, Head of Middle School Tung Trinh visited the Threes class in the Preschool to teach the boys and girls about the Lunar New Year.