Chinese New Year Community Celebration

Chinese New Year Community Celebration
Posted on 03/02/2019
Chinese New Year 2019

NIHF-STEM Learners immersed in the Chinese World Language course, keep Chinese traditions alive as they welcomed the Chinese New Year of the pig with the grandest festival of the school year. Festive red and yellow decorations kept dragons away and musical native dance in colorful cultural costumes filled the Great Hall. This huge celebration, hosted at STEM middle school, includes both learners from the STEM HS and STEM MS and is attended by our entire STEM family along with special guests and supporting partners. We were honored to have in attendance Dr. Liu, director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Akron, and Dr. Zhang from the Confucius Institute of Kent State University. Theresa Minick, vice president of Global Ties Akron also attended the celebration.

Annual highlights from the school festivities include the playful dragon dance where the dragon chases a globe portraying the sun. The Chinese dragon has the body of a snake, the head, mane and tail of a horse, the paws of a dog, the horns of a deer, the scales and whiskers of a fish and the wings of a bird symbolizing the unity of different Chinese tribes. Learner Lion Dancers shared martial arts skills and enjoyed the special martial arts of our guest Shifu Harris who demonstrates martial arts from the Chinese regions of Taijiquan and Xingyiquan.

The event was followed by celebratory Chinese foods and healthy words. This traditional feast of rich foods brings good luck and prosperity. We wish everyone “gong xi fa cai,” which means wishing you prosperity!

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