Happy Chinese New Year !

chinese new year

It was Chinese New Year last week, all the Chinese students in CDL celebrated together and had a really good time.  I was kind of upset at the beginning of that day, because all my friends back home are on holidays and celebrating with their families, but I still have homework and class. But when my friends and I went to the Chinese restaurant and had dinner together, I enjoyed it a lot and forgot my bad mood, we were so excited and we even celebrated with the people in the restaurant.

Chinese New Year is the most important traditional Chinese holiday, celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. We also call it Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name: it goes from the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. And also because the Chinese calendar is “lunisolar”, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”.

From the 1st day of the Spring Festival to the 15th day which is the Lantern Festival, people celebrate different things and eat different food each day. Moreover every year has a different animal symbol, for example, the horse is the symbol of 2014.

 

Happy birthday Alisa!

 

Tonight spirits were high as Alisa entered her bedroom to find her bed completely covered with colorful ballons and pretty gifts from her friends!

Although her birthday was actually last Saturday, celebrations were postponed due to Alisa being with her family in Geneva… And the evening was made even sweeter by a yummy chocolate cake! Last but not least, a nice round of individual wishes that each boarder said aloud to Alisa… wishes to accompany her in her bright future!