The celebration began with a video that Upper School girls put together for Sacred Heart School for Girls, our sister school in Taiwan. In the video, girls in Chinese IV shared their well wishes through words, song, and dance.
The program continued with a traditional lion dance presented by Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy. Two dancers in a mythical lion costume performed to a suspenseful beat provided by the drum, cymbals and gong, as the lion told a story of both caution and excitement through movement. The girls watched in awe as the the lion gobbled up lettuce for prosperity and oranges for good luck before “spitting” them into the crowd. Tradition says that being hit by an orange brings good luck. Next, the girls were treated to a video from our Sacred Heart sisters in Taiwan, showing our girls how they recently celebrated the New Year.
For lunch, students enjoyed a meal modeled after a Lunar New Year Reunion Dinner as red lanterns hung from the ceiling of the Dining Hall. Games and calligraphy lessons took place in Duchesne Hall, and each student received a red envelope with candy and a red pencil symbolizing good luck with academics.