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At Shekou International School we love to celebrate the variety of cultures at our school. We pay tribute to our many countries throughout the year through song and dance, through learning in the classroom, and we even wear traditional clothing on International Day. Recently we shared our many cultures with food and drink at the PSA's Winter Bazaar. And once again we are honoring culture. On January 23rd join the SIS community in celebrating the traditions of our host country on China Day!
The China Day Carnival is a celebration of some of the many customs the Chinese people enjoy during Spring Festival. Come join the SIS community and the SIS Chinese Staff Hosts as we play games, eat traditional Chinese food, and see some amazing performances.
WHEN: Saturday January 23rd from 12:30-3:30p
WHERE: Mountainside Sports Field
TICKETS: Tickets are available for purchase through the SIS Chinese teachers from January 18th - 22nd, and onsite the day of the event
Below is some brief information about the Chinese Spring Festival
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year - Lunar New Year) Traditions
- Celebrations traditionally run from the eve to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on some day between 21 January and 20 February.
- The Lunar Year is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors.
- Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity".
- Source: The History Channel
The Myth of Nian Monster
According to tales and legends, the beginning of the Chinese New Year started with a mythical beast called the Nian. Nian would eat villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after the Nian ate the food they prepared, it wouldn't attack any more people. One day, a villager decided to get revenge on the Nian. A god visited him and told him to put red paper on his house and to place firecrackers. The villagers then understood that the Nian was afraid of the color red. When the New Year was about to come, the villagers would wear red clothes, hang red lanterns, and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nian. From then on, Nian never came to the village again.
- Source: Ancient Origins
2016 the Year of the Fire Monkey
This year belongs to the element Fire. And the Chinese lucky color for 2016 is symbolized by color Red. The Monkey is the ninth sign in Chinese astrology. Number "9" is associated with ambition, activity, smartness, mischief and adventure.