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KPS Celebrates the Lunar New Year

KPS Celebrates the Lunar New Year

Year of the Dragon!

On Thursday, February 15, Kent Place School’s Diversity and Equity Parent Group (DEPG) hosted a delightful Lunar New Year celebration. The Lunar New Year is important in East and Southeast Asian cultures, among them Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. Each year, the lunar calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the zodiac, and 2024 is the Year of the Dragon. The Dragon symbolizes authority, abundance, and good fortune. The Wood Dragon’s influence in 2024 promises evolution, improvement, and abundance.

The festivities featured a delicious spread of Asian cuisine, showcasing favorites such as dumplings, spring rolls, bubble milk tea, and various homemade Chinese dishes prepared by our talented parents. Those in attendance were treated to cultural crafts and games, including paper-dragon making, sugar painting, calligraphy, chopsticks picking, and lantern riddles.

The event began with an enchanting dragon dance performance by our students and parents. The Hummingbirds captivated the audience with a beloved New Year song, “Congratulations, Congratulations,” and the Primary School dance enrichment team and chorus added their special touch with a classical Chinese dance and the “Little Dragon Song.”

The Middle and Upper School divisions contributed to the celebration with martial arts, Chinese-style jazz, and Chinese folk music. 

In addition, an artist demonstrated the art of Sichuan opera face-changing, showing the speed at which performers use masks to drive away demons. Then the God of Wealth and Chumley the Dragon distributed red envelopes, signifying prosperity, and everyone took part in a celebratory dance.

Thank you to event co-chairs Sophie Ma P ’34, Cecilia Ni P ’33, and the DEPG for organizing this cultural gathering, which helped deepen community connections.