Events

CTTB Chinese New Year: Boys

PART 1

In-School Events

By: Nuoyan Wang (Class of 2021)

Photos by: Eric Chuah (12) + Gwynn Lim (11)

It’s the most festive time of the year in CTTB, with numerous red lanterns hanging all around the campus, and countless visitors coming and going. It’s Chinese New Year!

On Friday, February 16th, the Boys School celebrated the welcoming of the new year; the Year of the Dog. After our routine flag ceremony, the entire school gathered around the front entrance of the school, where a massive chain of several thousand fire-crackers was ignited. After the celebration, students and teachers returned to regular classes.

 

At 10:30, the Chinese New Year activities resumed. In Chinese tradition, New Years Day is a day to show our respect and gratitude to our ancestors. Consequently, the Boys School students held a ceremony to venerate our ancestors and elders, where they bowed to their ancestors, as well as heaven, earth, parents, teachers, and friends. This ceremony was led by emcees Nuoyan Wang and Bohan Zhu.

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Emcees Nuoyan Wang (9) and Bohan Zhu (10)

This was followed by more celebrations. Students, teachers, and parents collectively celebrated by having a delicious vegetarian lunch, with delectable food including dumplings prepared by the dorm students the previous evening. Additionally, the lion dance team created a short lion dance routine specifically for this event.

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PART 2

Tower of Blessings

By: Nuoyan Wang (Class of 2021)

Photos by: Jacky Zheng (11) + Nuoyan Wang (9)

On Tuesday, February 20th, the Boys School celebrated the New Years with the nuns at the Tower of Blessings. The event was led by emcees Ryan Liang and Davy Sun, and consisted of the entirety of the boys school (K-12) singing 恭喜恭喜 (GongXiGongXi) and 盡虛空 (JinXuKong) for the elder nuns, followed by a tea offering led by the senior class. Finally, the New Year celebrations in CTTB were concluded by a lion, dragon, and drumming performance.

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Tea Ceremony

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Emcees Ryan Liang (10) and Davy Sun (10)

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Elementary students crowd around the table to receive treats

 

March 1, 2018