Time: 11.10 am -12 pm GMT / 7-8 pm Beijing local time. ( Dates: 11th/ 13th/ 20th of February)
Experience Chinese New Year straight from China with this live-streamed, interactive, virtual tour where you will be able to take part in the festivities, first-hand, with a local family in Beijing.
In the Chinese calendar, new year marks the start of the Lunar year with the start of the new moon. This year, Chinese new year starts on the 11th of February and as is the tradition, will be celebrated over 16 days ending with the lantern festival.
On this special session, you will be welcomed into the family of Miss Lui Ping in Beijing. The family will explain the many local traditions and customs around Chinese New Year so you can gain an insight into the spirit of the festival, like never before. You will be shown around the house so you can see the various decorations. You will also be taken into the kitchen where you can see traditional dishes being cooked- including mouth-watering dumplings. An important cultural tradition involves hanging Antithetical couplets ( also called duì lián) on the doors. Couplets include two phrases written as calligraphy on vertical red banners and it is typically the custom to hang one on each side of a door. Ms. Ping will demonstrate how antithetical couplets are put up on the door.
After we have spent time with Ping's family in Beijing, we will take you to the house of another of her family members who lives in the countryside. Here you will get to participate in the traditional fireworks that are a part of the celebrations.
It is customary in China for adults to give a red envelope with money to children. We are going to have a spin on this tradition for this session. At the end of the session, we will be encouraging attending students to write a new year message on a red letter (in Chinese) addressed to children in China. These will need to be scanned and sent to us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Ping’s family will select the best 3 messages and the winners will receive surprise souvenirs all the way from China.
We hope this experience stays etched in students minds forever.
Note: This session is only a small introduction to our 10 part China Destination & Culture Orientation program, which is especially suited for children pursuing the Mandarin Excellence Program. Click here to see details of the program .