Celebrating Culture by Exploring Lunar New Year

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Celebrating Culture by Exploring Lunar New Year

In a vibrant celebration of culture and community, the Country Day School kindergarten class embarked on an immersive journey into the heart of Lunar New Year. The hands-on, real-world learning experience was hosted at Jimmy Wan’s Fox Chapel, marking a memorable weekend that brought the Year of the Dragon to life for the young learners and their families.

The event served not only as a festive gathering but as an educational odyssey. As the children indulged in a feast of lo mein, dumplings, beef and broccoli, General Tso’s chicken, and flounder, they embarked on a deeper exploration of Lunar New Year, a cornerstone celebration for many Asian countries. The young attendees engaged in activities designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and traditions. Identifying their Chinese zodiac animals, sampling traditional white rabbit candy, coloring dragons, reading fortunes from cookies, and eating long noodles to symbolize long life, the children experienced the richness of cultural heritage first-hand. 

Highlighting the event was a professional outdoor Lion Dance performance, a traditional Asian spectacle of color, music, and dance. Performed by skilled martial artists, the dance captivated the students, reinforcing a commitment to expanding worldviews and fostering a strong sense of community. By stepping beyond the classroom and into the heart of this cultural celebration, the kindergarten class was exposed to different traditions, preparing them for a diverse and interconnected world.

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