Over 300 students filled the gymnasium at Connaught Street School in Fredericton on Feb. 15 for a Chinese New Year celebration also known as the Spring Festival. The event was also attended by staff, parents and members of the community who came to take part in the unique cultural experience. And this celebration was reported by District News to share the joyful spirit of Chinese New Year with everyone!
Under the instruction of CINB teacher Nannan Li, the students not only enjoyed the vigorous Zodiac boxing, experienced the beauty of Chinese traditional dance, got involved in the fun of red packets and also immersed themselves in the wonderful integration between Chinese instrument Erhu performed by CINB teacher Juan Du and Western instrument Flute by Mr. Andrew Rogers. In the end, all of the students collectively performed the “Happy New Year” song in Chinese, which made the celebrations reach the climax. The entire audience deeply learned about the traditions, costumes, food, music, songs and dancing associated with celebrating the Chinese New Year. This was a very festal and meaningful Chinese New Year’s celebrations.
Chantal Lafargue, Newcomer Support Centre teacher, told the crowd the event was a celebration of cultural awareness to encourage all learners to value diversity and learn about different languages and cultures around the world, and she shared the spirit of Chinese New Year with everyone. Before the event closed, students said "I love Canada" in Chinese and wished everyone a Happy New Year in Chinese as well.