By Polina Ivanova and Alexandra Hudson (6EP)
It’s Chinese New Year and here in our school we are going to celebrate it!
The Chinese use different calendars. The Chinese New year – “Chun Jie” is the most important holiday for Chinese people; it has been celebrated for more than two thousand years.
In these holidays the whole country dresses up and changes. There are mass celebrations everywhere.
The Chinese New Year is officially celebrated for one week. As a rule, on these days’ shops and the markets are closed.
The whole family celebrate the Chinese new year together. This is why before the date of celebration of New Year in China there is a powerful migration, so if you for these dates plan to visit China, as an advice, keep in mind that on these days it is difficult to get tickets for transport.
By tradition, before a meeting of New Year, Chinese people try to spend as much money as possible for new acquisitions, new things, jewelry and gifts.
The main color of Chinese New Year is red, because it expresses happiness and it also tells a story:
There was once a village in China and every new year there would be a monster that attacked the people of that village, the people would hide in the mountains so that the monster didn’t attack them.
One day an old lady said she could kill the monster, everyone thought since she was an old she couldn’t. On New Year everyone waited for the monster to come, they waited and waited but the monster didn’t appear so they decided to go to where the monster lived and they found the monster dead on the floor and then they realized the old lady killed him!
They went back and they asked her how did she did it, and she showed them a pile of red objects that she used.
The weakness of the monster was the color red. Ever since, on New Year everyone in China uses red lanterns to protect their house from the monster. (story fromRui Han Ji, 6B)
During the week we are going to celebrate Chinese New Year, we will have a series of activities: one of the mothers has decided to teach us traditional oil brush painting, they will also show us how to eat with chopsticks, in art class we will make Chinese lanterns, and finally a student from bachillerato will show us a presentation of what Chinese New Year means.
We celebrate Chinese New Year because we are an international school and we have many Chinese students at school. It is important to us because China is one of the biggest countries in the world and we want to celebrate it with our Chinese students.