Chinese new year, also known as the Spring Festival or 春节 (chūnjié), marks the end of the winter and the beginning of spring and what it brings: honoring household, prosperity, and new beginnings. Most importantly, though, it is a time of celebration and family reunions. China plays host to the largest human migration in the world with family members traveling to rural villages to be back home just in time for New Year’s Eve dinner with their loved ones.
Despite the cool weather, celebrations at SCIS were warm and plentiful throughout our campuses. Our community came together to honor the traditions of our host nation, China, through performances, cultural activities, and crafts.
SCIS Hongqiao ECE Campus Celebrations:
Kicking off the celebrations was our Hongqiao ECE Campus, which held a day packed with fun, hands-on activities, for the whole family to enjoy. Alternating between classrooms, our youngest of learners tried their hands at dumpling and glutinous rice balls making, pieced together lanterns and lucky red envelopes, learned traditional handkerchief dancing, and so much more. The day ended with choreographed assemblies from Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten classes.
SCIS Hongqiao Main Campus Celebrations:
Festivities first took place in the auditorium at our Hongqiao Main campus, as lower school students were treated to acrobatics and martial arts spectacle. The whole school then came together on the field to witness a dazzling dragon and lion dance. For the rest of the afternoon, the lower school gym was transformed into a cultural carnival. There, students could learn Chinese calligraphy, witness traditional paper-cutting or enjoy sugar art, amongst many other activities and crafts available.
SCIS Pudong Campus Celebrations:
To wrap up the celebrations, our fantastic mandarin department at our Pudong Campus organized a wonderful Chinese New Year assembly. Performances from our mandarin learners, along with outside professionals, were followed by a student favorite, the Temple Fair. Parent volunteers graciously helped man booths at the fair for students to play traditional Chinese games such as rubber-band skipping, shuttlecock kicking, hoops rolling, Chinese shadow play, and many more.
From all of us here at SCIS, 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)!