Princeton Day School has been celebrating the Lunar New Year and will continue to do so through next week! Coinciding with the date of the new moon in Asia and considered a time to honor deities and ancestors and to be with friends and family, the Lunar New Year is celebrated in countries including China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and the Philippines. The new moon in Asia falls on February 12 this year and, in terms of the Chinese zodiac animal, it's the Year of the Ox.
At last week's Lower School assembly, several PDS students shared about ways they have observed the lunar new year. Lower School students recited in both Chinese and English the poem "New Year's Day" by Wang Anshi, third graders shared their family traditions for celebrating the holiday and several Upper School students offered their thoughts on what the lunar new year means to them. View the full (13-minute) video below, which includes a montage of the many students across the school who celebrate the lunar new year. Also, created by the CMDT, a lunar new year web page is available with two more informative videos about lunar new year traditions and celebrations in Asia.
The PDS Chinese Club has invited the PDS community to join them for a virtual PDS community event on Thursday, February 18 at 4pm to celebrate the lunar new year. The event will include presentations from all three School divisions, including a visual story of Nian from the Lower School, a Sanjuban performance from the Middle School and musical performances from the Upper School. Access information for the 2/18 PDS community event will be made available to families and will also be archived in the Parent Portal for families.
Happy Lunar New Year!
Top image: Art created for the PDS Lunar New Year celebrations by Bolin Shen '22