We know that culture and language work closely together, and when we introduce a language to a child, we are also introducing her to a new way of looking at the world. When students in Alhambra or Flushing are learning to speak in Mandarin, they are crossing a threshold to enter into an ancient, powerful culture that few Westerners truly understand. For instance, today marks the Year of the Horse in the year of 4712 in the Chinese calendar, as this tradition has continued for nearly 5000 years.
How are your schools and parishes celebrating the Lunar New Year? Share your school traditions here.
The following websites provide interesting insights into Asian-American and Catholic celebrations of the Lunar New Year: