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Local school celebrates Chinese New Year

More than 200 gathered to welcome Year of the Snake

Posted: February 11, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 11, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Seven-year-old Levin Lam, a student at the the Santa Clarita Valley Chinese School, checks out the ceremonial head of a dragon at the Chinese New Year celebration Sunday.

It’s the year of the snake.

But, that’s a good thing, according to the students and teachers at the Santa Clarita Valley Chinese School who welcomed in the Chinese New Year on Sunday.

More than 200 people turned out for a buffet of arranged foods and scheduled musical performances at the school on Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia.

“I feel safe and I feel lucky,” said 11-year-old Cyrus Young who was born in the year of the snake.

This, too, is a good thing since people born on this Chinese Zodiac sign are reputed to be: smart, clever and lucky.

For the school’s principal, Jinghong Li, the year got off to an amazing start.

“People born under this sign will have a prosperous year,” he said.

“It’s a new year, a new beginning.”

Li reminded his students that learning another language is always useful in augmenting their resumes.

Learning Chinese is particularly useful, he told them, given China’s prominence in the world economy.

Fen Ruan, the school’s manager, said she has been fielding questions all week from students interested to know what zodiac sign they belong to.

“They ask me to teach them about what the (different) years mean,” she said.

“I tell them ‘If you were born in the year of the snake, you will be lucky,” she said.

People born the year of the dragon — which was last year — are the ones most compatible to “snakes.”

Special guests to Sunday’s Chinese New Year including longtime William S. Hart Union High School District board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine and her husband Bruce Fortine.

The pair had fun wearing a ceremonial dragon’s head that was on display.

“Where else can you play with a dragon?,” Bruce Fortine asked.


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