The Chinese School of San Marino will celebrate Chinese New Year with a carnival on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Huntington Middle School. The carnival starts with a dragon dance at approximately 10 a.m.
“The mission of our school is not only to teach the Chinese language but to expose our students to fun cultural events like the celebration of Chinese New Year,” said Yvonne Cheng, the Chinese school’s PTA president.
“For most Chinese families living in the United States, we are not able to take time off during New Years to travel overseas and see friends and relatives,” she said, noting that the Lunar New Year holiday is equivalent to a Christmas holiday.
Cheng explained, “All across Asia, there is usually a week or two of holidays, people visit friends and family bearing gifts or ‘red envelopes’ containing money for good luck. Children play games at street fairs, win prizes, and eat delicious foods.”
The Chinese New Year Carnival is the PTA’s only fundraiser of the year. The proceeds go towards cultural enrichment classes, Chinese movie night and many of the school’s other events. The Chinese School is the only Chinese school with a PTA.
The carnival will include musical performances, and game and food booths, which will be selling orchid plants, popcorn chicken, boba tea, tea-flavored eggs, fried egg rolls, red bean buns, and much more. The event is free to the public. Booth tickets are available at the Chinese Club of San Marino office located at 2425 Huntington Dr. on weekdays between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Presale tickets are $10 for 12 until Jan. 27, then on the day of the Carnival, the price will be $10 for 10 tickets.
Call 626-796-5190 for more information.