“There are so many wonderful traditions surrounding the Lunar New Year, but its most important characteristic is the value it places on reunion.”

This coming weekend will mark the celebration of the Lunar New Year and the beginning of the year 4718. During this time about 20% of all the people in the world will celebrate the coming of a new year and start a 15-day celebration called the Spring Festival.

There are so many wonderful traditions surrounding the Lunar New Year, but its most important characteristic is the value it places on reunion. Did you know that each year Chinese New Year (CNY) marks the largest migration of people ever in the history of the world? This is because being with family is a very important part of the celebration. In China, many younger people have moved away from their families into cities to work, and for this celebration, they make the effort to head home to be with family.

Reunions are special. As we go about our lives, those most important to us, for various reasons, move away and live in other parts of the country or places in the world. Important events like CNY remind us of the importance of family and encourage us to make the journey home to be with them. This is because the most precious and important part of the human experience is relationship. The world’s message and what the media may want us to believe is that the most important part of the human experience is what you own, or how much money you have, or how important you are. However, all these ambitions pale in comparison to the power of relationships and the impact of family on our lives.

To all the Dalat community, I hope this weekend will be filled with reunions and special traditions. For many, you will not be able to be with your family, but maybe through the power of technology, you will be reunited online or on the phone.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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