Kung Hei Fat Choi – Happy New Year!
Dragons, parades and lanterns, Oh My! It was a festive afternoon at Goosehill Primary School, in the Cold Spring Harbor CSD, as first grade students celebrated the traditions of Chinese New Year.
Students in Ms. Sloan’s class created their own tiger masks which they wore during a tiger mask parade in celebration of the Year of the Tiger in 2022. Ms. Andreacchi’s students were fascinated by a film on the dance of the dragons as they danced along with their own dragon creations, and Ms. DeRop’s students crafted lanterns decorated with tigers.
Also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival – Chinese New Year is celebrated for 15 days ending on Feb. 15, marking the end of the coldest days. People welcome spring and all that promises it brings including planting and harvesting, new beginnings and fresh starts. The dragon dance is often performed during Chinese New Year and is the symbol of good luck in China’s culture.