Ross students celebrated the Lunar New Year last week with song and dance, as well as delicious traditional food prepared by both Ross Café staff and students. Red decorations, including fish and traditional duìlián, adorned the walls, symbolizing wishes for a year filled with an abundance of good luck.
At the Lower School, students and teachers decorated the Multi-Purpose Room for a festive assembly with performances including a fan dance. World Languages and Literature teacher Mami Takeda and several Chinese students from the Upper School shared information about New Year celebrations and the significance of traditions such as giving the gift of a red envelope with money to family members, fireworks, and lion dances.
Freshman Xinyi (Selene) performed a beautiful song on the guzheng, a traditional Chinese instrument that she brought with her from her native country.
The younger students then performed a dragon dance, circling the room with an elaborate dragon head.
At the Upper School, students in the Mandarin classes prepared dumplings with Chef de Cuisine Liz Dobbs and celebrated in the classrooms. In the evening, boarding students prepared hot pots and other Chinese delicacies. Several upperclassmen gifted their younger housemates with red envelopes.
Overall, it was a joyful start to the Year of the Monkey. Xīnniánkuàilè!