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Unit I Celebrates Chinese New Year

Students in Unit I are celebrating and learning about Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is one of several lunar new years celebrated in Asia and many rituals are performed. “The students cleaned out their desks to sweep out all of the dirt, bad luck and bad things from the previous year to welcome the new year,” said Unit I teacher Amy Kulhavik. “The students also decorated a Year of the Pig poster, using an abundance of red to symbolize joy and celebration.” Kulhavik said the poster highlighted the pig, which is the 12th of all zodiac signs. In Chinese culture, the pig symbolizes wealth. Their full faces and big ears are signs of fortune. The students punctuated their celebration with a parade. A costume dragon led the way, followed by students cheering and laughing while playing the gong and cymbals.