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Volume 65 Number 4

Chinese New Year festivities will light up the Chadwick campus

by Olivia Powell - 2015-02-19

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Chinese New Year is here!

This year, the ancient holiday takes place on Thursday, but the entire celebration lasts from Feb. 18-25. On the zodiac, 2015 is the year of the sheep or ram.

The holiday’s roots stretch back to the Shang Dynasty, about 1600 BC, with a legend about a monster that must be driven away from the people. Today, Chinese people keep up the traditions of wearing red, lighting firecrackers, and having lion and dragon dances.

Chadwick Chinese teacher Jassy Luo is looking forward to the holiday with great anticipation.

“We have a lot of celebrations planned,” she says. “The Chinese class students will be doing lots of crafts and cultural activities. We will even be having a dragon dance here at Chadwick.

“Every year I work hard to make sure that everyone in the Chadwick community knows the importance of the holiday to Chinese people.”

In Los Angeles, Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is not the most popular holiday. But Luo wants to remind everyone to remember and celebrate the occasion.

“We have one of the largest mainland Chinese populations here in Los Angeles,” Luo said. “There are plenty of places to celebrate.”

Should students want to celebrate the Spring Festival, Chinatown holds a major celebration. The event features a dragon parade, fireworks show and midnight celebration to usher in the new year. Luo urges students to attend and enjoy one of the largest Chinese cultural festivals.

If students don’t want to make the trek to Chinatown, Luo also recommends Palos Verdes’ annual Chinese New Year celebration.

Luo hopes that more members of the Chadwick community can learn about and experience Chinese New Year.

“Someday I hope that Chadwick will recognize Chinese New Year as just as important as many of the other holidays we have, and take school off for it,” she says.

“It’s a really important and really exciting cultural festival, and I want everyone to be able to enjoy it!”


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