People all over the world are ready to celebrate the Chinese
New Year. At the International School of Indiana in Indianapolis, students
celebrated the Year of the Snake with a fun-packed assembly.
Students from 6th grade up to high school seniors who are learning Mandarin (the official language of China) educated the rest of the school about Chinese cultures and other rituals. This was taught through song, dance, instruments, and videos. Some students even performed Tai Chi!
Mandarin teachers Janet Huang and Sophie Li made it their duty to make sure that every person in attendance knew how to say a phrase in Chinese. The most popular was: 春节快乐！(chūn jié kuài lè), which means Happy New Year.
The assembly was important for various reasons, one being that the mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard, was in attendance. After the assembly, Mayor Ballard expressed the importance of learning about new cultures.
“I think it is tremendous. We try to celebrate the Chinese culture within the city, and now that we have a sister city relationship with Hangzhou which is on the East Coast of China, we do Chinese festivals now in the city so we can celebrate it along with them,” said Mayor Ballard. “It is nice to see the celebration.”
—Kid Reporter 易欣雷 (Grace Ybarra)
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Photo: A dancer performs during a Chinese New Year celebration at the International School of Indiana. (Courtesy Grace Ybarra)