Chinese New Year Parade: A Montessori tradition

  • Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Updated Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:59 pm

Montessori School of Pawleys Island learners in the primary classes experienced the excitement of a cultural celebration recently, as they made traditional carp kites and paper lanterns. Culinary activities included making and tasting traditional Chinese foods, including fried rice. The children cut up oranges to share, symbolizing prosperity for the new year. On parade day, everyone dressed in red to represent good luck, and accompanied by traditional music of the Orient, they lined up with their music sticks, tambourines, and handmade decorations to lead the dragon around the field. Parents and guests watched and applauded as the third-year students re-enacted the traditional teasing of the dragon with a ball. Toddler classes enjoyed cheering for the parade from their playground, looking forward to when it will be their turn to participate.

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