Happy Chinese New Year!
Today marks Chinese New Year, the longest and most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. The festival, known as Seollal in
Korea and Tet in , is traditionally a time to
be with family, and is celebrated by roughly a sixth of the world! The evening
before Chinese New year’s Day is an opportunity for Chinese families to spend
time together for an annual reunion dinner. For our students at LSI, being apart
from their family at this time of year can be a bit difficult! We asked a few of
our Chinese students how they will celebrate the New Year, when they are living
nearly 5000 miles away from home. Vietnam
Hui told us she will be cooking up a Chinese feast for her English host family, serving up traditional dishes such as dumplings, soup and duck leg. She wanted to show her English host family exactly how she would celebrate Chinese New Year if she was back home in
. Another student, Fisher from
Wuhan, China , said
her family would light fireworks and firecrackers to welcome New Year in with a
bang! Although neither student can be with their families, continuing their
traditions whilst in Beijing is a fantastic way to share their
culture and customs with their English host
According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a particular animal sign and 2015 is the year of the goat. However, you may also see it referred to as the “Year of the Sheep”. The confusion stems from the Chinese character “yang”, which translates in colloquial Chinese as either goat or sheep! Those born in the year of the goat are supposedly peace-loving and kind, and their lucky flowers are carnations and primroses.
We’d like to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year, wherever and however you are celebrating it. From everyone at LSI, we hope your year is filled with good fortune, happiness and health, and hopefully lots of studying!