1st and up
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Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays, and is celebrated throughout East Asia. The first two or three days of the festival are public holidays in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and other countries. Sometimes called Lunar New Year, the festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar, and ends on the 15th, which is the day of the Lantern Festival. In the Gregorian calendar, the date of the first new moon falls on different dates each year between January 21 and February 20.
The celebrations are marked by visits to relatives and friends. New clothes are worn to signify the new year. The color red is used liberally, signifying good luck. Red packets are given to children. Many of the celebrations feature fireworks and firecrackers, and some families invite lion dance troupes to usher in the New Year and to symbolically evict bad spirits from the households. In Chinese communities in the cities of North America, parades have become a popular and notable feature of the Lunar New Year.
Chinese New Year/Chinese Cultural Celebration Residency
We offer a one week on-site residency project culminating in one or more 45 minute to 1 hour school assemblies to celebrate Chinese New Year and to foster joyous cross-cultural understanding and festivity. The assembly will consist of a greeting, dance (lion dance, ribbon dance, gold ring dance, flag dance, and fan dance), chinese yo-yo, finger rhyme, martial arts, songs, and music. Throughout the week, Chiao Bin Huang, a notable dancer and teacher, will instruct and rehearse the students to perform at the assembly, and will perform herself. Optionally, outside artists may be invited to perform.
The residency project may also be conducted so as to result in a town-wide celebration, open to the public, and held at night or on the weekend. In addition to student and artist performances (similar to above), food and student arts and crafts may be featured.
The residency may also be offered at other times of year culminating in a Chinese Cultural Celebration.