Otisville Elementary’s cultural diversity initiatives continue with a celebration of the 2020 Chinese New Year

kindergarteners in a Chinese New Year paradeOtisville Elementary kindergarteners celebrated the recent Chinese New Year with a parade through the school, wearing red and homemade hats and bringing a 新年快乐 — Xīnnián kuàilè — Happy New Year feeling throughout the building.

But their fun was more than just a parade; it was part of Otisville’s ongoing cultural diversity awareness lessons that take place throughout the year.

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is China’s most important festival and holiday time. The 2020 Chinese New Year fell on Saturday, Jan. 25,  and is known at the  “Year of the Rat.”

Kindergarteners in a Chinese New Year paradeIn the Chinese culture, this animal is seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. The new year features seven days of celebration.

The color red corresponds with fire, symbolizes good fortune and joy. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year and other holiday celebrations and family gatherings. A red envelope is a monetary gift which is given in Chinese society during holiday or special occasions. The red color of the packet symbolizes good luck.

To view a parade photo gallery, visit the district’s Facebook page.