Chinese New Year is the most important festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, we call it 春节（chun jie）. (In modern Chinese name, Spring Festival is the translation.)
According to tales and legends, the beginning of the Chinese New Year started with a mythical beast named Nian. Nian would come on the first day of New Year to eat livestock, crops, and even villagers (children is Nian’s favorite food). One day, villagers decided to get revenge from Nian. A witch visited the village and told them that Nian was afraid of the color red. So when New Year came, the villager put red paper on their houses and hung red lanterns on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away Nian. From then on, Nian never came to the village again.
Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally start from the last day of the Chinese calendar till the Lantern Festival, lasting for 15 days. As you can see, spring festival is the longest festival in China.
The day before New Year is called 除夕（chu xi）we play with firecrackers and watch fireworks, we watch Spring Festival Gala Evening, and 守岁（守岁is stay up late, shou sui). But this Chinese New Year was special for every Pre-IB students. We didn’t spend it with our parents like before, but with another big family——EMIS!
Generally, on New Year’s Eve, everyone stays at home and watch ‘Spring Festival Gala Evening’ with family members, talks to each other lively and jovially, everyone enjoying the reunion. This time, we watched the ‘Spring Festival Gala Evening’ online in the classroom with our teachers and classmates. Before the TV show, everyone was video chatting with their parents, we told our families how much we miss them and wished them happy New Year. Later, we were talking about the show cheerfully and humorously, eating fruits and snacks that are even brought from China.
10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1! Happy New Year! We were so excited after the countdown; the New Year has finally arrived! It was as if I could see the other side of the earth—— fireworks blew up in the sky, firecrackers deafened the ear with its roar，all the people were immersed in this heated festival. And so were we.
The next day was CHINESE NEW YEAR!!! Some of us woke up late, because we stayed up late for 守岁. In the afternoon, we went to Tel Aviv to join a party for Chinese New Year celebration. When we arrived, I saw some of my classmates had already arrived and began to make Chinese New Year food. We made dumplings, sushi and hot pot. We sung many songs. At the time when we were making dumplings, we put flour on our faces and we smile so happily. The happy emotions we had at that time was from the depth of our hearts. I enjoyed this party greatly.
The students video chatting and skyping with their families
Making Chinese New Year food
Written by 李百佳（Li Bai Jia）and 焦雨航（Jiao Yu Hang）
Edited by Eng Sou Ea