Chargers Ring in Year of the Ox

By Wesley Jansen '21

In February, Middle and Upper School Chinese classes commemorated Lunar New Year and welcomed the Year of the Ox, a symbol of wealth, prosperity, diligence, and perseverance. 

The holiday, which is celebrated across multiple countries in East Asia, is rich in tradition and meaning. As part of this year’s celebration, students in Upper School Chinese were gifted New Year’s presents, such as candy and little plush oxen. Activities included Year of the Ox art projects that involved painting, paper cut art, sewing, and origami; the result of which was a festive display in the hallways of Harris Hall. In the Middle School, every student had an opportunity to fill out a good wish card. Once completed, the cards were displayed in the form of a traditional good luck symbol.

Following the festivities, Upper School Chinese teacher Jessie Maeer observed, “When teaching a language, incorporating culture into the instruction boosts student engagement and global awareness and brings an added measure of harmony and cohesiveness to the classroom. Because Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China, I was very excited to celebrate it with my students and am pleased that they all seemed to love it.”

With hope and excitement for the Year of the Ox – 过年好 (Happy New Year), Chargers! 
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