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Week 4, Term One, 2018

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Happy Lunar New Year everyone, the Year of the Dog is upon us. Gong xi Gong xi!-New Year greetings from our youngest students.

This year, Lunar New Year arrives on 16 February. It is believed to be a year of prosperity and good luck. Your Chinese zodiac is the dog if you were born in 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, or 1934. People who were born in the year of the dog are believed to be intelligent, loyal, sincere, and responsible.

Students from Pre-Prep to Year 2 have been learning about Lunar New Year customs and traditions, listening to stories, songs and rhymes as well as making Lunar New Year crafts to welcome the Year of the Dog. Lunar New Year is a 15-day celebration starting from the New Year day and ending with the Lantern Festival on the 15th of the first lunar month. Next week, we will celebrate the Year of the Dog with food tastings across ELP. A local Chinese chef will join us and offer delicious and tasteful Lunar New Year food to our Prep friends. We can’t wait!

Greeting phrases to say during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration:

Xīn nián kuài lè 新年快乐 Happy New Year Shēn tǐ jiàn kāng 身体健康 Good health Wàn shì rú yì 万事如意 May everything go as you wish Gong xǐ fā cái 恭喜发财 Congratulations and prosperity

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! May the coming year full of prosperity and good fortune to you all!

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