The Rangitoto College Korean Committee and Chinese Committee have been privileged to celebrate the Lunar festival during Friday lunchtime in Week 1. With the collaboration of the newly established committees, this festival allowed many students in the college to experience the two different cultures. Student Leaders Jenny (Jiyeon) Hong and Isaac (Sungjin) Shin from the Korean Committee, and Carolyn Lin and Cynthia Li from the Chinese Committee, along with others, worked very hard during the summer holidays to plan activities for the Lunar Festival to promote Korean and Chinese culture.
During the Lunar Festival, we had traditional foods, games, and performances to encourage students to get involved. Chinese calligraphy, chopsticks game, and the lion dance were all a part of the Chinese Committee celebrations, whilst there were games (Ddakji and Jaegi Chagi) carried out by the Korean Committee. Students also dressed up in colourful traditional clothes from their own culture which are worn during the Lunar New Year.
Although this was the first time that the Lunar Festival has been held at Rangitoto College, it was extremely successful due to the hard work of the committee members. This extraordinary event not only raised cultural awareness for many students but also enhanced the cultural diversity in our school environment. Both committees are aiming to plan more events such as Korean Night and Chinese Night to encourage more students to get involved and better understand our culture.