Seymour Heights elementary vice-principal
Joanna Lane displays some of the drawings of Chinese lanterns created by
her Grade 6/7 class students for the school's Lunar New Year
celebrations. | Paul McGrath / North Shore News
By Jane Seyd, North Shore News.
Students at schools across the North Shore recently celebrated the Lunar
New Year with lion dances, traditional Chinese costumes and Chinese
good luck candy.
At Seymour Heights Elementary in North Vancouver, vice-principal
Joanna Lane worked with Grade 6 student Nichole Skelton to put together
photos and stories about how their families celebrate Lunar New Year.
“Both Nichole and I shared some of our traditions, including giving
and receiving red envelopes, spending time with family, going to dim sum
in the morning, and watching the parade,” Lane wrote.
“At the end of each presentation, we surprised students and staff with Chinese good luck candy. That was a hit!”
Students in West Vancouver schools also celebrated with cultural
displays, calligraphy demonstrations and even a lion dance at Ridgeview
This year, wider Lunar New Year celebrations, including one at West
Vancouver’s Kay Meek Centre and another at the West Vancouver Community
Centre, resumed in many communities for the first time since festivities
were halted by COVID-19 in 2020.
This Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit,
one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. People born in the Year of the
Rabbit are seen as witty and smart, calm and peaceful. Rabbits are
believed to be a lucky zodiac signs. They are thought to excel in areas
including education, medicine and politics.
The date of Lunar New Year is different every year, although it always falls between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20.
The holiday started Jan. 22 this year and spans 15 days.
Among the traditions associated with the Lunar New Year are
traditional lion dances, in which performers in a lion costume mimic the
animal’s movements. They are thought to bring good luck.
Another tradition includes handing out red envelopes containing small
amounts of money and treats to youth and children. The act is thought
to help get rid of bad spirits and wish the recipient good fortune for
the upcoming year.
The envelopes are red because the colour symbolizes prosperity in
Chinese culture, while money symbolizes the hope for wealth and