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Chinese New Year at Longfellow!

Chinese New Year at Longfellow! Written by 5th grader, Samiyah Green

Chinese New Year, also known as lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the most important chinese holiday. While we celebrate our New Year’s on January 1st, the Chinese New Year’s fall between January 12 and February 20. This is because the people of China depend on the lunisolar calendar. So every new moon tells the date of Chinese New Year. This year Chinese New Year is on February 5 and is the year of the pig. Have you noticed that every Chinese New Year also represents an animal? That’s because of the Chinese zodiac calendar. Whereas we use the months to represent the zodiac signs, they use every year to represent their Zodiac signs. The background of Chinese year is amazing and can be traced back thousands of years.

Gung Hay Fat Choy. These are the words that introduced us during an amazing performance on February 5, 2019. The colors, the movement, the tradition is what made the performance great. The dancers did an amazing job at bringing the culture to Longfellow Elementary. Dragons dancing to the move of the master was definitely something that caught us off guard. All the jumps, moves, and acrobatics were probably the best part about the experience. It was all great, but the main reason why it was enjoyable was definitely because of the cultural message to it. Therefore, let’s celebrate the culture.