The Chinese New Year which is also known as Spring Festival is now only a few days away! The Chinese Lunar New Year dates from 2600BC, when the Emperor Huang Di introduced first cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Because of this cyclical lunar dating, the first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. On the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the Lunar Year of 4715-4716. On the Western calendar, the start of this Chinese New Year falls on February 16, 2017.
We are entering a New Year, the Year of the Dog. The dog is symbolic of loyalty. The word for “barking” (汪, wāng) in Chinese has pronunciation similar to that for “prosperity” (旺，wàng). It’s believed that this animal would bring people luck and prosperity.
There is no doubt that the Year of the Dog will be another very exciting year for us at YCIS Gubei. The Chinese role-play competition and speech competition, the Science Fair, the Model United Nation and the IGCSE and IB exams are examples of what will take place during this coming year, together with the challenges and adventures that still lie undiscovered ahead. We look forward to a year in which our students will continue to grow and mature through life’s experiences and we wish they will all grasp the opportunities afforded to them and enjoy the thrill of well-deserved success after hard work.
We wish all the Yew Chung students, staff and families a wonderful and prosperous Year of the Dog!
Ms. Isabel Xu & Dr. Richard Swann