January 23, 2023
Happy Lunar New Year!
I want to send a warm greeting to all members of the Waverly community. Lunar New Year is celebrated in many cultures around the world and is especially important in many countries of East Asia. Many Waverly families with connections to East Asia pay particular attention to this important holiday.
All Waverly students participated in a Lunar New Celebration this past Thursday on the elementary school yard. We were visited by Sifu Fenton Fong Eng and his students at Fong’s Kung Fu School. The show featured skilled performances from Shelby Tisuthiwongse ‘33 and Ezra Orizabal ‘33. They performed the Lion Dance and spoke about how the Lion (not a dragon) scares away the negative impressions and experiences of the past, but also welcomes the blessings that are required to help the new year be fruitful. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. “The Year of the Rabbit represents peaceful and patient energy. The water element suggests tapping into inner wisdom and trusting instincts. Together, the Water Rabbit indicates focusing on relationships, diplomacy, and building bridges in professional and personal relationships.” (Welcoming the Year of the Water Rabbit). Sifu Eng noted that this year may be a more positive and peaceful year. Let’s hope so. To learn more, read How Lunar New Year is Celebrated Around Asia.
Regardless of whether you observe Lunar New Year or not, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get time to celebrate the blessings of life and the peace that lives within us all.
恭喜發財,새해 복 많이 받으십시오, 中国新年快乐,
Head of School