The return from Winter Parents Weekend coincided this year with the Lunar New Year (a.k.a. Spring Festival in China and Tet in Vietnam), the most important holiday in the home cultures of many of our Asian students. On that February 5, we kicked off nearly two weeks of celebrating the diverse cultures of Holderness with food, festivities, and the beautiful sound of our many voices.
We have among us at Holderness students and faculty from 14 different countries, as well as others who live in the US but speak a language other than English at home. We were pleased to be able to celebrate those languages and cultures with two successive chapels, featuring members of our multicultural community who read poems, lessons, reflections, and prayers, and also performed music and song. The celebration culminated in a special dinner, composed of dishes from all over the world. It was fitting that our multicultural week ended on Valentine’s Day with a call to consider love beyond the mere romantic -- to champion a love that expresses compassion and curiosity toward those whose backgrounds, foods, traditions, and language are unlike our own and to realize how those differences make us a richer community.