The Millbrook community enjoyed a variety of activities, decorations, and delicacies in celebration of the Lunar New Year. While the holiday formally took place on Saturday, January 25th, students, faculty, and staff participated in a weekend-long celebration.
The festivities began on Friday morning, with international students from Asia gathering in the Barn to watch the Chinese Lunar New Year live on television and to call home to wish their parents a happy new year. Profiles of Millbrook's VIth form students from China and Vietnam were displayed in common rooms of dorms and academic department offices; and the entire community participated in a dress down day on Friday, January 24th, donning red and/or yellow clothing in celebration of the holiday.
Other Friday activities included students learning about the historical significance of chopsticks in Chinese culture by way of a video that Co-International Student Coordinators Eleni Stefanopoulos '92 and Peggy Malec shared, as well as how to say "happy new year" in Chinese and Vietnamese. The festivities continued into Friday evening for Asian students, who enjoyed a Lunar New Year hot pot dinner at a local restaurant. Celebrations concluded on Saturday evening with a special dinner in the dining hall.
"Lunar New Year is the most important celebration on the Asian calendar," said Co-International Student Coordinator Eleni Stefanopoulos '92. "We are happy to be able to plan events at Millbrook each year in recognition and celebration so that our students from Asia may feel a little closer to home and their heritage."