St. John’s School Welcomes the Year of the Rat

Xin Nian Kuai Le! (Happy New Year)

On January 28, St. John’s School welcomed the Year of the Rat with a traditional lion dance performed by the Chinese School of Guam’s Lion Dance Team. The performance was held at the Dale J. Jenkins Gym, surrounded by enthusiastic students, faculty, staff, and parents. Accompanied by the beating of the drum, cymbals, and gongs, students reached out their hands to “feed” the dancing lion with red envelopes as it made its way around the gym. Lion dances are performed to ward off evil spirits and usher in good luck throughout the year.

Towards the end of the performance, the vibrant lion consumed a lettuce hung with a red envelope. The senior class of 2020 then gathered to the court as the lion spat out the leaves to the students signifying new beginnings, good fortune, and prosperity.

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