Posted on February 12, 2013
The rain did not dampen the excitement as we celebrated Chinese New Year. What a pleasure it is to be in school that whole-heartedly participates in cultural celebrations like the one this past Monday morning!
As the sound of the drums began to resonate through the elementary campus, children emerged from their classrooms grasping their li see (money-filled, red envelopes). They were thrilled to see two lions, a red one and gold one. Ready, excited, and possibly a little anxious, our class waited patiently while the lion danced from room to room. The red lion danced towards our room, clearing out any "bad spirits." Our elementary campus was "cleaned" for the new year.
Before the lion departed our classroom area, each child "fed" the lion their li see, a symbol of good luck for the new year. As soon as the children were finished, the lion backed out of the classroom area and danced towards the kindergartners.
The culmination was when all the lions "battled" on the Great Lawn. Through their undulating movements, the lions gave quite a show. But eventually the red lion overcame the gold to grab the li see and cabbage off the bamboo pole, held tightly by President Rice.
Many thanks to the MPI parents, Dr. Kuo and Dr. Chen, who arranged for the Gee Young International Lion Dancers to entertain us.
Please check our gallery for some beautiful pictures of the Lion Dance.