After-school club and Chinese New Year ‘ Temple Fair’

Author: 
Tan Jin

I have started after-school Chinese clubs in Naselle/Grays Valley River Schools, which are on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will last for the whole academic year. Students will learn about Chinese culture, language, art, and food. All the students from K-3 can join the club. Currently, more than 40 students had signed up for the club, and the number of students is still increasing.
Additionally, a celebration of Chinese New Year will be held in Naselle schools, which is called a ‘Temple Fair (See more about it below)’. It will be available for all the K-12 students and their families, as well as the school stuff. (We don't have a big community) All the students of Chinese Immersion Program at school will give Chinese Performance on that day. Meanwhile, the artworks and photos from the club will be exhibited as well. During the temple fair, all the people in it will enjoy the performance of the students, have chance to see Chinese folk arts, play Chinese traditional games, and taste various delicious Chinese food.

Reference for Chinese New Year Temple Fair
The most important holiday for the Chinese is the Chinese New Year,also called the SpringFestival. During the festival period,everyone goes back to their hometown and spends severaldays with family,and people hold many celebrations.
Many cities in China have several fairs during the period.The fairs are held at various ancient temples,so they are called "temple fairs." Temple fairs in Beijing have a very long history,and saw a boom especially during the Ming andQing dynasties (1368-1911) as well as the Republic of China(1912-1949). During the Spring Festival,temple fair is one of the most important activities,and a traditional cultural event that features all kinds of Chinese folk art. In traditional temple fairs around Beijing, there are performances and booths demonstrating and selling traditional arts and crafts. The fairs have lots of games to play, food to eat, performances and lots of people. In the temple fair you can taste numerous kinds of local snacks, court food and other dishes.