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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Style

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Style

We were delighted to celebrate the Chinese New Year in style as a family today. 

We were delighted to celebrate the Chinese New Year in style as a family today. 

Our amazing lunch team had a special menu on for our staff and students to celebrate the Year of the Pig (with options for vegetarians of course!).

In Chinese astrology, "zodiacal" animals refer to fixed cycles of twelve animals. The same cycle of twelve is used for cycles of years and cycles of hours. In the case of years, the cycle of twelve corresponds to the twelve-year cycle of Jupiter. In the case of the hours, the twelve hours represent twelve double-hours for each period of night and day. 

There are five types of Pigs, named after the Chinese elements. In order, they are: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. These correspond to the Heavenly Stems. Thus, there are five pig years in every cycle. For example, in the year 2019, the Earthly Branch is the twelfth, hài, and the Heavenly Stem is the sixth.