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Updated: Feb. 16, 2018 at 12:18 AM
St. Louis students celebrate Chinese New Year
Students at the St. Louis Language Immersion School held a parade and took part in traditional Chinese songs and dances to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
The Chinese New Year officially begins Friday with the
11-day Spring Festival
, which continues through March 2.
Each year is associated with one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. The year 2018 is the year of the dog, which is associated with honesty and loyalty.
Photos by Bill Greenblatt/UPI.
Students at the St. Louis Language Immersion School dressed in traditional garb as they held a parade to celebrate the Spring Festival.
Children yell at the sight of a Chinese dragon, which has been a staple of New Year celebrations throughout Chinese history.
Children bang a Chinese drums, which provide the beat for many traditional dances in Chinese New Year parades.
Fourth grade teacher Xanin Fan (R) and fifth grade teacher Fan Yang, watch the celebration at the school which teaches language immersion programs for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Fourth grade teacher Nannan Huang leads her class in traditional Chinese songs.
First grade teacher Ming Wang helps Destiny Weston, 7, practice calligraphy, which is often used as a decoration.
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