On Monday, February 12, the Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) Asia Club hosted a Chinese New Year Celebration. Several MVHS Mandarin students entertained the audience with a variety of experiences, as well as an opera performance from two international Beijing opera singers.
The celebration started off with a lion dance that was performed by the Mandarin I students. Next, some of the members from Asia Club performed a song called “Gong Xi, Gong Xi” that many people in China and Taiwan sing for the Chinese New Year. Gong xi means congratulations, which is the traditional way that people greet each other during the Chinese New Year.
The Mandarin II class also prepared a presentation for the Chinese New Year Celebration. They taught the audience the 12 Chinese animal zodiacs. Each year, there is a different animal that represents that year. What zodiac are you? Click on the image to the right and find the year you were born and that year’s animal zodiac. For example, this year, 2018 is the year of the dog.
To end the Chinese New Year celebration, opera singers Dr. Rosa Yeh and Mrs. Rose Kuo performed for the audience. Yeh and Kuo are teachers from the EZ Learn Chinese School in Chicago, Illinois and are also international Beijing opera competition award winners. They performed two acts for the MVHS Chinese New Year Celebration: “Excerpt from the Story of the Western Wing” and “The Drunken Beauty.”
The MVHS Chinese New Year Celebration was an engaging way for students to learn more about Chinese culture and the Chinese New Year.