The upper school mandarin students celebrated Chinese New Year by performing traditional Chinese songs, dances and choreographed martial arts. In addition, in honor of it being the Year of the Pig, each student drew their own interpretation of a pig with a message written in Mandarin wishing everyone a happy and peaceful year.
There were nine performances overall; a drum song and dance performed by the males that included fans and long scarves, a demonstration of Mandarin sign language, solo singers, a performance of the “Peacock Dance of Chinese Dai Minority”, Chinese classical long sleeve dance performed by the females, Chinese martial arts and Chinese sword show. Instructor Xinhong Gu showcased her skill with a sword and lovely singing voice, as well.
The Chinese New Year show is the most important part of the fifteen-day Spring Festival held in commemoration of a full cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar.