Lunar New Year 2023 Year of the Rabbit

Students Celebrate Start to Lunar New Year with Lion Dance 

On Tuesday, January 17, dancing lions from a local lion dance troupe helped Silver Oak students celebrate the start to the 2023 Lunar New Year. Two lions danced and entertained our students while twirling, prancing, and spinning to lively drums and music. During the performance, students “fed” the lions red good luck envelopes. “The lions ‘eat’ the wealth and spit it back out to the audience to give them prosperity,” explains 4th grade teacher Mr. Robin Nguyen who organized this year's event for the upper grades. Many thanks to our librarian Mrs. Hokanson for helping create an additional assembly so our younger classes could also celebrate.
 
About the Lion Dance
Among the many customs observed during the Lunar New Year festivities is the traditional lion dance - which stems from a popular legend dating back more than 2000 years. In Asian culture, the lion symbolizes strength, stability and superiority, while the dragon represents power, boldness and excellence. Dances with both these creatures are performed during festive occasions as a means to chase away evil spirits and welcome in prosperous times.
 
Lunar New Year 2023
The Lunar New Year, celebrated by nearly 2 billion people worldwide, is Sunday, January 22, with celebrations lasting up to 15 days. Also known as the Chinese New Year -- and as the Spring Festival in China -- this year the date marks the end of the Year of the Tiger and the start of the Year of the Rabbit.