Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the most important celebration for Chinese families. This year, Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, January 25. The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar. The holiday falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice on December 21. Thus, each time the New Year in China falls on different dates of the usual Gregorian calendar, between January 21 and February 20.
Wembley Academy had its Chinese New Year celebration on the 7th February; celebrating the Year of the Rat. With new beginnings and opportunities in tow, everyone was excited and the majority of the school including staff, teachers and students wore red, yellow and CNY-related traditional clothes.
The event started with a short and simple potluck for each class to savour and enjoy. Soon after, students were engaged in activities planned for them. The emcees gave an informative speech about CNY traditions followed by quizzes, and students who answered correctly got to pick an ‘ang-pau’ packet filled with cash. Everyone was divided into four teams according to their sports house for the games. Among the games organised were Tic Tac Toe using the red packets and oranges as pebbles and Jigsaw Puzzle.
We also had Noodles On the Floor game, where students had to pick the strips of papers which symbolized the noodles, using chopsticks and lastly Catch the Dragon’s Tail, where students lined up according to their house team and the head of the line must try their best to catch the tail or the last student in the line.
After the fun games, the school got to enjoy the Lion Dance. The two lions were very approachable and friendly; they put up such an energetic performance that had the students and teachers cheering and applauding the performance.
At the end of the day, Emerald and Ruby house team won with the highest points respectively. The winning team were given the opportunity to draw a random red packet gifted by the Principal and Director of the school. The lucky student won RM50 which was the highest amount provided during that closing activity, not to forget the others who also won various amounts of cash. This year’s CNY celebration was truly a bang!