February 1 marked the beginning of the Lunar New Year, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Seollal, Tibetan Losar, and Spring Festival, which celebrates the arrival of the new year in Asia and ends 15 days later with the first full moon. Students, faculty, and staff across all three MKA campuses had a wonderful time welcoming the Year of the Tiger!
Primary School students wore traditional or celebratory clothing to school and celebrated at an assembly with a Lion Dance where children danced and practiced Kungfu movements.
At the Middle School, the Year of the Tiger was celebrated with a myriad of activities. At an assembly, members of the AAPI Affinity Group spoke to the community about who and how the Lunar New Year is celebrated. Upper School AP Chinese student, Ben Sherman ‘22, also spoke to the audience about the pen pal program MKA participates in with a school in Xi'An, China. Students watched a video from Ben's pen pal who wished the whole MKA community a Happy Lunar New Year. The assembly ended with a few beautiful, traditional Chinese dance performances by our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Chinese classes.
Upper School students celebrated with a special presentation by the AP Chinese class and performances by Upper and Middle School students. Organized by Dr. He, Ms. Chen, and students learning Chinese at the Upper School, the presentation shared information about the Lunar New Year, its history, special traditions, and more. All Chinese classes sang a famous Chinese song《朋友》to celebrate together.
Lastly, a parent-led celebration was held during lunch periods on both the Middle and Upper School campuses with food such as fruit jelly candy, boba milk tea mochi, fortune cookies, and rice rolls. Students participated in games such as “are you a chopsticks master?”, created paper cranes, and learned how to write tiger in Chinese.
View photos of all the celebrations. Thank you to everyone who helped to make MKA’s Lunar New Year celebrations a fun and educational experience for our community!