Celebrating CNY: Bringing Chinese Culture to Life
Last Tuesday, Yew Chung International School of Beijing held its annual Temple Fair and Chinese New Year Celebrations to welcome the upcoming Year of the Dog. Joined by hundreds of parents, family members and guests from the greater Beijing expat community, visitors were treated to a series of colourful and inspired Chinese performances, and as well as being able to stroll through YCIS Beijing’s own traditional Temple Fair!
After weeks of rehearsal, students took the stage on Tuesday morning and dazzled the audience with their renditions of Peking Opera, a Mulan musical, poetry readings, hand fan dances, and more. Additionally, one of the highlights of the day was a Dragon Dance by Secondary students who had spent many long hours working with a professional troupe to learn the intricacies of movement required to bring the dragon to life. The performances gave students the chance to learn more about Chinese culture, while also impressing the audience (and themselves!) with the fruits of their hard work.
The Temple Fair, meanwhile, was held throughout the day. The walls of the gymnasium were lined with stalls replete with seasonal treats, handicrafts, and traditional games, while bright red banners and lanterns hung from the ceiling. Organized with the help of the Student Leadership Team, the Temple Fair also offered opportunities for students to build their leadership skills and contribute to the CAS requirements in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) coursework.
With another year’s Temple Fair successfully in the books, it’s time to wish everyone a safe and happy Year of the Dog! 狗年快乐！
To view the full photo gallery from last Tuesday’s Temple Fair, please click here to visit our Flickr album.