Chinese New Year celebrated with dragon dance at Matsqui Elementary

School marks a variety of holidays in recognition of its diverse student population

Members of Matsqui Elementary's art club celebrated Chinese New Year with a dragon dance through the halls of their school.

Members of Matsqui Elementary's art club celebrated Chinese New Year with a dragon dance through the halls of their school.

Matsqui Elementary students marked the dawn of a new year on the lunar calendar with a lion dance through the halls of their school on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Members of the school’s art club prepared for the dance by building their own lions, and practising drumming and dancing.

While the dancers made their way through the halls of the school, the other students lined up to see the cultural display.

Teacher Terry Jung said it was the first time the school celebrated the Chinese New Year but that the school recognizes a variety of cultural events throughout the year, including Diwali, Aboriginal Day and a multicultural day, when many cultures are recognized.

“We are a multicultural school,” he said. “We like to celebrate the diversity.”