Berkhamsted Group | 15.02.2022

Chinese New Year – Lion Dance Performance

Chinese New Year – Lion Dance Performance

On the 10th of February, Berkhamsted Schools Group celebrated Chinese New Year in style. One Chinese legend, dictates that thousands of years ago a monster named Nian (“Year”) would attack villagers at the beginning of each new year. As a result, the villagers discovered the monster was afraid of loud noises, the colour red and bright lights and so used those things to chase the beast away. This ancient tale creates the perfect backstory for the performance that took place at Berkhamsted.

Orchestrated by Mandarin Teacher Clare Tan, pupils, staff and the local community were treated to a wonderful show and performance. The steady drumbeat and clashing of cymbals ensured that the performance could be heard all around.

Beginning at Castle Quad (Berkhamsted Boys) pupils witnessed an energetic and detailed live performance celebrating the Year of the Tiger. The dance presentation was not only meant to be a surprise for all our pupils but also to show much we value our Chinese students and firmly embrace their culture as part of school life.

As the celebrations progressed up towards Berkhamsted Prep, the younger pupils were gathered in front of the Churchill Hall, anticipating the ‘Lion’s’ arrival and lined up to get the best view possible.  Passersby and local residents were also able to enjoy the lively demonstration.

The parade then entered Kings Quad at Berkhamsted Girls to complete the performance much to the admiration of pupils, staff and rapturous applause.

We would like to thank Clare Tan for organising such a fascinating event for everyone to enjoy and thanks to Chung Ching Lion and Dragon Dance Association for the wonderful performance. A truly memorable way to bring in half-term.

gōng xǐ fā cái

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