Bay Ridge

P.S. 102 celebrates Chinese New Year

January 30, 2017 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Councilmember Vincent Gentile joins P.S. 102 school children in putting the red envelope offering in the lion’s mouth. Eagle photos by Arthur De Gaeta

Brooklyn Lion Club Performs Lion Dance for Children

P.S. 102 – The Bayview School at 211 72nd Street in Bay Ridge celebrated Chinese New Year last Thursday with a lion dance, a celebration that is intended to bring good luck, good fortune and prosperity to everyone. The event was held to educate students about the lunar Chinese New Year of the Rooster.

Councilmember Vincent Gentile spoke at the event.  “This is not only a fun event, but many children have never seen the lion dance, so that makes this also an educational event,” he said.

Event sponsor Key Liew told the Brooklyn Eagle, “We are the Brooklyn Lion Club. Our goal is to continue to promote the Chinese lion dance culture. We love to give back to the community with lion dance performances at grand openings, weddings, birthdays or any special occasions.”

School principal Cornelia Sichenze helped the children celebrate and joined Gentile in the ceremonial Chinese tradition of putting red envelopes with an offering into the mouth of the lion for good luck. The color red represents good fortune, and the offering is for good wishes during the New Year.

Liew extended his wishes to everyone for a Happy Lunar New Year, or “Gong Xi Fat Choy!”

 

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