Each year at Gilmour, the International Club hosts a celebration for the Chinese New Year. The celebration focuses on educating the GA community about Chinese customs, traditions, games and, of course, food. The dumplings and calligraphy are always favorites! Middle and Upper School students held festivities in the Commons after school, while Lower School students celebrated in their classes. Cedric Li '24 prepared a presentation about the traditions of Chinese New Year for his classmates. Students even got to take home some lucky money! Mrs. Russell’s Montessori class celebrated the Chinese New Year by making masks, parading through the Lower School, singing "Gung Hay Fat Choy" (Happy New Year) and passing out fortune cookies to bring good luck to all.
Every year, a sixth of the world’s population celebrates Chinese New Year. The holiday, also called Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is a 15-day celebration that begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice. 2018 marks the Year of the Dog. While the largest Lunar New Year celebration in the United States takes place in San Francisco, Calif., our students get to experience Chinese culture without leaving campus!