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The Year of the Dragon | B’Lao Kindergarten Celebrates Lunar New Year with the traditional Spring Fair

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As the vibrant colors of spring painted the sky and the anticipation of Tet (Lunar New Year) filled the air, B’Lao Kindergarten in Phong Dien bloomed with the delightful “Spring Fair 2024” on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 31st. This heartwarming event wasn’t just a celebration; it was a vibrant tapestry woven with tradition, laughter, and the joy of togetherness.

Imagine a miniature world bustling with the essence of Tet, where children and parents danced hand-in-hand. This is the magic that unfolded at the Spring Fair. Driven by the desire to immerse children in the rich tapestry of Vietnamese culture, the School meticulously recreated the spirit of traditional Tet markets. Stepping into the fairgrounds was like stepping back in time, with colorful stalls adorned with lucky charms and delectable treats.

The aroma of freshly made Banh Chung, the iconic Tet sticky rice cake, wafted through the air, enticing everyone to participate in its creation. Parents and children alike, their hands dusted with flour and smiles wide, worked together to shape the glutinous rice and fragrant fillings, symbolizing unity and prosperity. The air buzzed with chatter and laughter as families collaborated, their laughter echoing the joyful spirit of Tet.

Beyond the traditional cuisine exploration, the fair offered a treasure trove of traditional games and activities. Children, their eyes sparkling with excitement, learned the art of crafting beautiful folk toys from vibrant paper and natural materials. The rhythmic tapping of hammers against wood filled the air as tiny hands diligently built miniature houses and animals, each creation a testament to their creativity and cultural immersion.

And what is a Tet celebration without the wisdom and artistry of calligraphy? Under the watchful eyes of a revered “Ong Do” (Master Calligrapher), children dipped their brushes in ink and danced them across paper, creating auspicious characters that symbolized good luck and fortune for the coming year. The concentration etched on their faces and the pride in their finished works spoke volumes about the cultural significance of the experience.

But the Spring Fair wasn’t just about fun and games; it was also a space for learning and growth. Through these activities, the School aimed to nurture essential skills in children. The act of making Banh Chung fostered teamwork and communication, while the traditional games honed their motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Witnessing the dedication and precision of the Ong Do instilled in them an appreciation for cultural heritage and the value of artistic expression.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow on the joyous faces, the Spring Fair drew to a close. The air vibrated with a sense of accomplishment and shared joy. Children and parents, their hearts brimming with warmth and new memories, departed with a deeper understanding of their cultural roots and the importance of family and community.

The B’Lao Kindergarten’s Spring Fair wasn’t just a one-day event; it was a testament to the School’s commitment to fostering cultural awareness, fostering essential skills, and creating lasting memories for its students. The echoes of laughter and the vibrant colors of the fair will undoubtedly continue to resonate within the hearts of children and families long after the Tet holiday has passed, reminding them of the joy of tradition and the power of community.

May all our beloved kids and Parents enjoy a prosperous and joyful Lunar New Year!

– Cam Thy Tran NGUYEN, Principal of B’lao Kindergarten

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