Daystar Celebrates Chinese Cultural Festival

Date: February 12 2018

 On the morning of February 9th, Daystar Acadamy hosted a wide range of Chinese cultural activities at both of our Beigao and Sanlitun campus. The whole Daystar community celebrated the forthcoming Chinese New Year in rich and celebratory atomosphere.

On our Beigao Campu, students arrived to school and bundled up to go outside. After a short welcoming message from the Head of School, Elizabeth Hardage, our school community witnessed the first ever dragon dance performance by our Middle School students, followed by an exciting lion dance from the village performers.

 

 

 

Above photos from Daystar parent Mr. Ren Tao.

For our Beigao campus Early Learning Center (ELC) students, the gym had been transformed into a Chinese New Year wonderland, with beautiful decorations and multiple activity stations! Teachers and parents in the ELC also presented wonderful Chinese traditional dance performances.

Last twophoto from Daystar parent Mr. Ren Tao.

Busy hands making Chinese knots and playing traditional Chinese games together. Beating drums and the hum of friendly conversation while making dumplings. These were some of the sights and sounds during our annual Chinese Cultural Festival. Elementary students got to experience different activities—like making Tang Yuan, writing “Fu” or “happiness” in calligraphy to hang on their door sand making small clay dogs to usher in The Year of the Dog. Middle School students organizd their own Food Market and Temple Fair.

At our Daystar Sanlitun campus, the past week was full of excitement and anticipation as the school prepared for it's first Chinese Cultural Festival. Everything from decorating to singing were evident around the school as we added the final touches to our campus.  We began our day in joint celebration with Ivy Academy Sanlitun as we welcomed the Lion dancers to our campus. Daystar Academy Elementary Principal, Kari King, and Ivy Academy Campus Director, Victoria Li, warmly welcomed their comuunities, and kicked off the festivities. 

Students participated in a varitey of activities such as mask painting and lantern making,while enjoying delicious treats. Everyone enjoyed performances such as Kongzhu and Gu Zheng. The day was filled with celebration, joy and laughter as our community came together to celebrate a time of unity and happiness.

 

Recycled Arts from Sanlitun Art teacher and students.

Chinese Cultural Festival is about much more than Chinese New Year. It is a way for all our students to experience the activities, foods, and crafts that are a part of the country and culture they call home. Special thanks to all the teachers and staff who made this event possible. Happy Chinese New Year!