When it is one week away from Chinese New Year's Eve, the lively Chinese New Year atmosphere spread across the ocean from China to the gym of Riverview Middle School.
On the morning of February 12, 2018, as soon as students who got off the school bus went into school, they were greeted with New Year decorations full of Chinese style. Red lanterns were hanging high in the gym. The good luck character, red couplets and lanterns which made by students are attached to the walls and windows. When the bell rang at 8:30, Chinese New Year's happy music sounded as well. Riverview Middle School experience of the Chinese year also officially started.
In order to let the students fully experience the Spring Festival activities, we set up six different activity areas in the gym. They are the Chinese Zodiac big wheel, making dumplings, Chinese calligraphy , guess the lantern riddles, eating dumplings and photo area with Chinese "fuwa" baby. The students made their first dumplings in their life. They can also taste dumplings which were wrapped in their own hands. Under the guidance of Chinese teacher of CINB, they all wrote the blessings of Spring Festival with Chinese paint brush. When the students saw the big-bodied Fuwa pictures drawn by grade 6s, they tried their best to line up to take photos. The homeroom teachers in each class are also involved. They made dumplings and guess lantern riddles along with their students. When the 25-minute experience time ends, the students of this class leave reluctantly. At the same time, we will welcome the next class and take them to experience those Chinese New Year folk customs.
Our Spring Festival experience lasted two days. During these two days, no matter where you are, students will be heard discussing the Chinese New Year they experience. No matter which teacher I meet at school, I always hear their praise of the event. . The whole school is filled with the lively atmosphere of Chinese New Year, which made me feel like I am at home.
This Chinese Year I spent with our teachers and students not only made me feel like I came back to my hometown, but also let the teachers and students who live in the Canada experience the real Chinese New Year folklore, learn more about China, know more about China and love China.