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Herricks Celebrates Lunar New Year

Herricks Celebrates Lunar New Year

The Herricks Public Schools hosted a significant celebration that brought the community together for a compilation of activities and performances. The 18th Annual Lunar New Year Festival, held on Feb. 9 at Herricks High School, honored the year of the pig thanks to the efforts of the Asian American Cultural Club and other students, staff and community members.  

The day began with an afternoon Table Tennis Tournament and announcement of winners. Congratulations to Hillell Levans from the Parent/Teacher Division, Jesse Wang from the High School Division, Katherine Dong from the Middle School Division and Eshan Thopcheneni from the Elementary School Division.

Evening festivities followed with the awakening of the lions and a traditional lion dance performance by members of the Cultural Club, who were taught by Master Joseph Cheung. Herricks High School Vice Principal Bryan Hodge and Center Street Elementary School Principal Brennan Bierwiler shared New Years Greetings, and an award ceremony expressed appreciation to those who dedicated their time to the event. The audience was then charmed by the Saturday Recreation Children’s Sing-Along and the Saturday Recreation Chinese Yo-Yo, directed by You Jingbo and Graham Lo, respectively.

Through the Asian American Cultural Club’s collaboration with the Chinese American Association of North Hempstead, a captivating show featured dances, acts and musical presentations that engaged the audience in Chinese customs. The Foot Umbrella Dance was performed by Lina Liu, a two-time Guinness World Record holder for umbrella juggling. Her incredible balance and flexibility kept the crowd on the edge of their seats, and some audience members had the opportunity to join her on stage for plate spinning. The ZhengMing Zither Group performed a beautiful assortment of pieces on the zither, a traditional Chinese instrument. The high school’s Chinese Yo-Yo group, directed by Graham Lo and Derek Chen, featured advanced tricks. The Water Sleeve Dance, directed by Tan Xuan and presented by members of the Cultural Club, earned applause for impeccable synchronization.

Many children and adults stayed for more fun and games in the gymnasium, where they visited a variety of booths run by members of the Cultural Club. Attendees enjoyed the event and are already looking forward to next year’s.  

 

 

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year