Lunar New Year officially began on Sunday, January 22, and this special and significant holiday was celebrated across all three of our campuses. Many activities and performances were planned to joyfully usher in the Year of the Rabbit.
The Primary School was treated to immersive experiences at activity stations where parents organized and then welcomed and guided students through activities in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Each student, including many who wore traditional clothing to honor their heritage, enjoyed treats, played games such as picking up Ping Pong balls with chopsticks, and learned more about calligraphy, making paper lanterns, and more! Featured in the gallery was a picture of a rabbit created by children's book illustrator, Meilo So. And, to the delight of all, one third-grade parent made 230 Lunar New Year themed cookies and cupcakes for the entire school.
The MKA Middle and Upper Schools celebrated the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, also the first full moon of the year, with a festive assembly on each campus that included acrobatics and opera mask changing performed by the world-renowned artists. Festivities included Asian influenced food and treats provided by our AAPI parents, a photo booth, and educational game stations, like writing calligraphy, making dumplings, and dancing to K-pop. Chinese language learners presided over the assemblies and introduced the actors and festival traditions. Students in Chinese classes also performed an impressive dragon dance on stage for the Upper School audience. This event brought together MKA students, teachers, and parents to celebrate this important cultural event in a fun and interactive way. The combination of entertainment, education, and cultural appreciation made for a memorable experience for all in attendance!
A very special thanks to all of the parents who made these celebrations on each campus possible! View photos from all the celebrations by visiting mka.org/photogalleries.