All around the globe, more than a fifth of the world’s population celebrates Lunar New Year, a public holiday in China, Hong Kong, Macau and nine other Asian countries.
At BASIS Independent Fremont, parents, teachers, students, and guests enjoyed a “great cultural experience for the entire family” with a Lion Dance, Magic Face Changer and magic show, traditional Chinese folk music, a Kung Fu performance, a Chinese folk dance, and a Lunar New Year fashion show.
“This event is significant in that it brings the community together as one,” said Helena Shen, 4th grade parent and organizer of the Lunar New Year celebration. “Silicon Valley is rich with diversity and this is a great opportunity to promote cultural awareness and share our traditions.”
The show was an hour-long festive kaleidoscope of performances. The Buk Sing Kung Fu Academy delighted the audience with a high energy Lion Dance. The Lion symbolizes power and good fortune in the Chinese culture. The Lion Dance chases away bad fortune and ushers in positive energy for the New Year. It is fortunate to have the Lion dancers pause and bow to you or your business.
Dr. Jiandong Zhang delighted and amazed the crowd with a magical face-changing performance. “I learned this in my village in China,” said Dr. Zhang. “I was a medical doctor in China and performed face changing as well, they are both connected, because I like to make people happy and healthy.”
Following Dr. Zhang, were Cici Wan and Jessica Wu performing traditional Chinese folk songs on the Zheng, a string instrument, that rests on two pedestals and is played using 3 to 4 imitation fingernails.
“Our Lunar New Year Celebration follows our recent International Day,” said Dr. Ashley Leyba, Head of School. “We believe in sharing the wonderful diversity of our community with our students and that this is an important learning opportunity while having lots of fun.”
The Kung Fu show was performed by Dragon Rhythm and Shaolin Kungfu, a form of Chinese martial arts that combines physical discipline and movement with Zen meditation during extensive practice with Shaolin boxing and traditional weapons.
The show concluded with a modern interpretative Chinese dance and a traditional fashion show by our very own BASIS Independent Fremont students.
If you were not able to attend the show, please watch the performance below.