Celebration of the Japanese-Chinese New Year

Region - posted Jan, 30 2014

REGION - On Saturday, Feb. 1, staff, students and parents of the Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School will celebrate Guo Xin Nian – the Japanese-Chinese New Year. Guo Xin Nian is a fun-filled day of hands-on experiences and performances for guests of all ages. The goal is for the community to learn more about the Japanese and Chinese traditions and cultures. Guo Xin Nian is an annual event enjoyed by hundreds of GEHMS families. This year, the event will feature a Japanese Lion Dance, Kung Fu and a Chinese Dance demonstration, a planetarium show, origami folding, yo-yo fishing, a chopstick competition, lantern making, dumpling making, rice ball eating, sushi, and much more. Students from Glastonbury High School will also be on hand to assist with activities. Since the Glastonbury-East Hartford School opened, core to the school’s curriculum has been the study of Japanese. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the school began transitioning toward teaching Mandarin-Chinese to students in the Preschool grades. In a few years, students will study Mandarin-Chinese at every grade in order to align with offerings at the middle and high schools in the area. Celebrating Japanese-Chinese New Year is one of the ways that Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School integrates learning about Japanese and Chinese culture into its language instruction. The celebration is from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School, 95 Oak St., Glastonbury. Admission is $1 and includes an activity map and access to most activities. Food will be charged separately. Also available for purchase is the Year of the Horse t-shirts designed by GEHMS fourth-grader Sarah Desai. All families and students of the GEHMS community are invited to participate. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

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