Celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year and International Week Kick Off in BSJ

Chinese New Year is finally here and British School Jakarta students and staff got a jump-start on the festivities.

On Friday, 1 February, students and staff welcomed the Year of the Pig by dressing up in traditional Chinese costumes which symbolise wealth and fortune. In Chinese culture, the pig is a symbol of prosperity.

Students in each class took part in various activities, such as making paper chain dragons, decorating red envelopes, making paper pigs, marble painting, large dragon creation and so much more.

They also watched a fantastic dragon and lion dance in the playground and blue court.  

The School Cafeteria also served traditional Chinese cuisine. The school community had a taste of authentic Chinese gourmet, such as Orange Chicken, Mapo Tofu and Peking Duck.

Teacher, Lara Small, at the Foundation Stage, said the celebration gives the school community a sense of family and union.  “Today was filled with amazing activities and a special dragon and lion dance to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year. Lots of parents came in to help the children make firework pictures, envelopes and dragon masks.”

Kendra Wuisan, a student in Year Six, was so excited by the Chinese New Year celebration, she said ”Chinese New Year week was amazing; we had Chinese activities and a mufti day where we have to wear red and gold!”

Still in the spirit of the new Chinese Lunar New Year, during International Week celebrations, parents collaborated with the Modern Foreign Languages Department, providing students with an opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture, from experiencing a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, a cooking lesson, calligraphy and Hongbao Craft workshop, to play Chinese traditional games.  

The International Week celebration will bring performances of various cultural groups by students representing their nationality, and also a range of traditional or cultural activities, such as Japanese calligraphy, dances and folklore music.

The student body at BSJ represents over 50 different nationalities, a diversity that is truly celebrated!