We had a fantastic Chinese New Year celebration on 13 February. In the morning, the Lion Dance appeared in the asphalt area accompanied by loud drumming, cymbals and a gong. All the students went outside of their classrooms to watch the Lion dance as it moved and threw mandarines to some of the lucky students who caught them. It certainly brought a lot of fun and energy to our school. Some of the students also had a chance to pat the lion. The students then went back to their classes to participate in activities related to the theme of the year of the Rooster.
Thank you to all the staff at TPPS. The day would not have been possible without your support. Thank you to the parents who helped your children dress for the day and especially thank you to your gold coin donations for the Lion Dance performance by the Jow Ga Kuen Martial Arts Association. Thank you to James C and Sihana from 5A for explaining to the crowd the significance of the Lion Dance, such as how mandarines symbolise good luck in Chinese culture. Thank you to Samantha and Kara from 5K for collecting the money from all the classes. Finally, I would like to thank the Chinese parent community for providing the delicious staff morning tea.
Welcome to the year of the Rooster, the tenth sign of the Chinese zodiac, which symbolizes carefulness and decisiveness.
There will be a whole school celebration for Chinese New Year on Monday, 13 February at TPPS. Jow Ga Kuen Dragon & Lion Dance Association will perform a Lion Dance at 9am at the asphalt area. Students are encouraged to dress in red or in Chinese costume on the day. Please bring a gold coin donation for the performance. Students will also take part in activities with their class teachers during the day to celebrate this event.
For Chinese people, the Lion Dance is an important ritual performed during celebrations, such as Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival. It signifies a new beginning and it brings wealth and good luck.
Wishing you a happy and prosperous year. 新年快乐(xīn nián kuài lè)