Valley Stream 24 students recently celebrated the Lunar New Year, commonly known as the Spring Festival. While often associated with Chinese traditions, many Asian countries celebrate their own version of the lunar new year, highlighting the beginning of spring and the new year based on the lunisolar calendar.
Valley Stream 24 students learned about the lunar new year with educational and interactive activities. This year is the year of the rabbit which symbolizes peace, longevity, and prosperity. At Robert W. Carbonaro Elementary School, a Chinese student spoke to his fellow classmates about his family’s traditions and how they celebrate the lunar new year. Afterward, the students worked on their rabbit worksheets and crafted paper lanterns.
At William L. Buck Elementary School, students worked on a week-long project creating spectacular moveable dragons out of paper boxes and craft materials. After finishing their moveable dragons, students and teachers had a parade featuring their dragons.
At Brooklyn Avenue Elementary School, students celebrated the Lunar New Year by creating dragon puppets after learning that dragons symbolize good luck, strength, and health. The Valley Stream 24 students also read and watched videos about the lunar new year and learned about the traditional dragon and lion dances typically performed during Lunar New Year celebrations.