The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 3, 2006

Features

Carlisle welcomes Chinese New Year in song and dance

Carlisle School seventh graders open the Chinese New Year festivities of January 28 with a Dragon Dance. The dance is an important tradition in China and is believed to bring luck and happiness in the new year. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

Daniel Golson looks out through the lion's mouth as Carlisle seventh graders perform the Lion Dance, which traditionally brings luck and wards off evil spirits. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)
The Carlisle Public School held its second annual celebration of the Chinese New Year on Saturday afternoon, January 28, in Corey Auditorium and Dining Room. Students performed several traditional dances and sang the Chinese New Year song. Celebrated Chinese dancer Chiao Bin Huang performed the elegant and colorful Ribbon Dance.

Exhibits on Chinese paper cutting and brush painting drew interested crowds, and children and adults tried their hand at writing their names in Chinese characters.

Participants enjoyed Chinese food, and the Year of the Dog was launched in Carlisle with enthusiasm and style.

Carlisle School sixth graders delight the audience with a lively and colorful Ribbon Dance. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

Ruth Zeltzer (left) makes a paper lantern out of hong bao, the red envelopes traditionally filled with money and given by adults to children for Chinese New Year. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)
Local artist Wei Du (left) demonstrates Chinese calligraphy while Madeleine Ho and her father Bill Ho look on. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

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