In lieu of the traditional dragon and lion dances Lower School students perform annually for Lunar New Year, this year the Student Activities & Leadership Council (SALC) joined forces with Middle and Upper School leaders to host an all-school assembly on the origins and traditions of the holiday. Their presentation featured videos from students explaining such things as common greetings spoken and foods eaten on the holiday and describing traditional practices like gifting red envelopes, creating intricate paper cuttings, and performing dragon and lion dances.

SALC students also used paper puppets created in partnership with the STEAMWork Design Studio to tell the story of how the animals received their place in the Chinese Zodiac (click here to watch)! This year, Lunar New Year falls on February 12 and marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox.

Click here to watch the student presentations to learn more about this holiday.