Celebrating the Chinese New Year at Notre Dame
By Joseph Hindelang, SM
The Chinese New Year 2017 began on January 28, the second new moon after the solstice, but the celebration continues for 15 days.
The staff at Notre Dame Prep in Pontiac, Michigan realized this is a difficult time for the seven students from China to be away from family and friends. So Michelle Pittel (Religion), Margie Bond (Counselor), Mary Jane Pasko (Office), Kala Parker (Admissions and Diversity), Joanne Liu and Chingwen Chen (Mandarin teachers) organized a celebration on Chinese New Year's Eve.
It allowed the students to enjoy authentic Chinese food, traditional decorations and some ancient New Year's customs as we begin the year of the Rooster. Rooster is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. Rooster is the epitome of fidelity and punctuality.