WRA Commemorates Year of the Rooster

You might be thinking to yourself, “Why do the Chinese celebrate the New Year twice a year?” Many cultures around the world still celebrate their own traditional New Year. The New Year tradition that you are thinking about is the one from Gregorian calendar, a Western invention adopted by the rest of the world. While our calendar is in its 2017th year, the Islamic calendar is in the year 1438, the Hebrew calendar is in the year 5777, and the current cycle of the Mayan calendar is in its fifth year (As someone from the Yucatan peninsula, the ancient Mayan homeland, I can tell you that your fears that the world was going to end in 2012 were not entirely unfounded, we just did not bother to disprove the myth because it boosted tourism).

The Chinese lunar calendar is in the year 4715, making it more than twice as old as the Gregorian calendar. This year is the year of the Rooster. People born during a Rooster year (2017 minus 12x years) are honest, wise and clever. This makes them excel in their careers, but they can easily fall into arrogance and smugness.

The Mandarin Club held its annual Lunar New Year Concert this past February 11th. It is the club’s biggest event of the year. There were many student and faculty led performances, both ancient and modern alike. A fashion show was also showcased, displaying the traditional dresses from China, as well as other Asian countries such as Korea, Laos, and Bhutan. The performance also included the highly-anticipated dance finale featuring some of the finest WRA teachers: Mr. Anthony Baldridge, Ms. Sarah Horgan, and Mr. Diccon Ong ’81. The cherry on top of the cake, however, was a Chinese feast organized by Ms. Judy Chen following the concert. There were delicious contributions from many local Chinese restaurants, students, and their parents. Numerous students found that this was the most authentic Asian food they have eaten for a long time at Reserve.

Thank you to Ms. Chen, Victor Xia ’17, Lisa Shen ’17, Serena Gao ’18, Molly Hu ’18, and everyone else involved with the preparations for the concert. You all worked incredibly hard, and you are shining examples of the famous Chinese work ethic.

-Andres Loret de Mola ’17

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