LINDEN — Linden High School, located at 121 W. St. Georges Avenue, plans to celebrate Chinese New Year with a special program to mark the arrival of the Year of the Snake. The event, originally scheduled for Feb. 8, has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 11 because of Friday’s anticipated snow storm. The 7 p.m. event will be held in the school auditorium and will feature Linden students in a variety of cultural and language performances.
Joining the celebration will be thirteen visiting Chinese high school students and two Chinese teachers who are on an exchange visit to Linden High School from Feb. 4-12. The students are from the Xiamen Foreign Language of Xiamen, China.
The evening performance will feature Linden High School students in a variety of Chinese events including songs by Linden Public School children, the Renaissance Chinese Opera Society from Chatham Square of New York, the Dragon and Lion dance preformed by the Linden High School NJROTC, Linden High School award winning Dance Company the traditional Chinese ribbon and fan dance. Musicical selections provided the Linden High School orchestra.The schools of Linden have already been decorated with lanterns and other student-made crafts to celebrate Chinese New Year.
The Linden Public School District is in its sixth year of teaching Chinese, providing instruction at all levels from grades 1 to 12, including the high school International Baccalaureate Program.
The Chinese exchange students and teachers are living with host families in Linden and Linden High School students will be returning the exchange visit to Xiamen in early April of this year.
The Xiamen Foreign Language School is a partner school with Linden High School. Together, Xiamen and Linden are joint Confucius Classrooms under the leadership of theConfucius Institute at Rutgers University. The Linden Public Schools is also a model district for the use of the Great Wall Chinese Program in the United States.
Monday Feb. 4, Linden High School welcomed 13 exchange students from Xiamen Foreign Language School in China. The 13 students will stay with host families through Tuesday Feb.. Linden students will go on their return visit to Xiamen in April. (Photo by Linden High School)
A grand performance by Linden High School NJROTC cadets opened up the Chinese New Year celebration at last year’s celebration. Two lions awoke from their slumber to welcome in Chinese New Year by the sound of four large traditional drums beating and colorful festive flags flying Linden High School was transformed. The traditional Chinese lion dance is supposed to bring luck and prosperity to the new year. (Photo by Linden High School)