2012 HCHS Week of Chinese Culture:Chinese Dance

July 30- Aug 03, 2012. Week of Chinese Culture:Chinese Dance, at HCHS GYM.

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2010 HCHS Commencement Exercises

March 27, 2010. 2009-2010 Holy Cross High School Commencement Exercises, at HCHS GYM. Congratulations to all the graduates!!! Here are the pictures of Commencent Exercises, please link our Official Picasa Web Album to see more pics. Hope you enjoy it... :)

Part I: Commencement Mass

Part II: Commencement Exercises

2010 Pre-school Commencement Exercises

March 26, 2010. Pre-school Commencement Exercises, at HCHS Auditorium. Congratulations to all the Kindergarten graduates!!! Here are the pictures of Commencent Exercises, please link  our Official Picasa Web Album to see more pics. Hope you enjoy it... :)

2010 Recognition Day (Honor's Day)

Congratulations! 4th Grading Honor students! Don't forget that you can download your pictures from School Official Picasa Web Album.

Here are the joyful pictures of Recognition Day (Honor's Day):

2010 Chinese New Year Celebrating Night (Feb. 13)

Wow...we already uploaded some recent pics and clips of Chinese New Year Programs on HCHS official YouTube and Picasa Album, so that you can watch the amazing show again online! Don't forget you can also see these on Facebook Fan Page. Hope you enjoy it...

2010 Chinese New Year Picture Online:

Opening Parade Video Online:

Invocation/Third Year Girls

Dragon Dance In Celebrating New Year/Third & Fourth Year Boys

3.新年祝福詞/薛振國 董事長
Inspirational Message/Mr. Alex Sy Chairman, BOT

Welcoming The New Year/Sr. Celine Chen, Teachers, Staff and All Participants

Chinese Zodiac Song/Toddlers & Nursery I

Gong-Xi Gong-Xi/Nursery II

Yoyo Car/Kindergarten I

Rainbow Smile/Kindergarten II

Wishing You Prosperity/Grade 1

Little Heroes/Grade 2 & 3 Boys

Original Dance In Celebrating New Year/Grade 2 & 3 Girls

Dance Of Youth/Grade 4

A Pastoral Song With Dance/Grade 5 Boys & Grade 6

An Elegant Fan Dance/Grade 5 Girls

Fine Horses Gallop Ahead/First & Second Year Boys

Lucky Tambourines' Dance/First & Second Year Girls

Lion Dance To Bring Good Luck And Prosperity/Selected Pupils & Students

Splendid Azaleas In The Spring/Fourth Year Girls

Finale (Xi-Yang-Yang)/All Participants

2010 Art Month Opening Parade (Feb. 7)

We already uploaded some recent pics and clips of Art Month Programs on HCHS official YouTube and Picasa Album. There are more than 200 pictures of the Opening parade on February 7. Don't forget you can also see these on Facebook Fan Page. Hope you enjoy it...

Opening Parade Picture Online:

Opening Parade Video Online:

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[ Part II ]

Lantern Festival (元宵節 Yuán Xiāo Jié)

2010 Taipei Lantern Festival (Taiwan) Main Lantern - Hoki Tiger (福氣虎)

What is Lantern Festival?

The Lantern Festival (元宵節 Yuán Xiāo Jié) is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar. It is not to be confused with the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is also sometimes known as the "Lantern Festival" in locations such as Singapore, Malaysia. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns (猜燈謎 Cāi Dēng Mí). It officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations.

In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, for only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones; in modern times, lanterns have been embellished with many complex designs. For example, lanterns are now often made in shapes of animals.The Lantern Festival is also known as the Little New Year since it marks the end of the series of celebrations starting from the Chinese New Year.

2010 Taipei Lantern Festival: Hoki Tiger

History of Lantern Festival

The 15th day of the 1st lunar month is the Chinese Lantern Festival because the first lunar month is called yuan-month and in the ancient times people called night Xiao. The 15th day is the first night to see a full moon. So the day is also called Yuan Xiao Festival in China. According to the Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright full moon hanging in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate. At this time, people will try to solve the puzzles on the lanterns and eat Yuan Xiao (元宵, glutinous rice ball) and get all their families united in the joyful atmosphere.

Sky Lanterns Festival in Pingsi Town, Taipei County, Taiwan.

Sky lantern

Sky lanterns are airborne paper lanterns traditionally found in some Asian cultures. They are constructed from oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame, and contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density causing the lantern to rise into the air. The sky lantern is only airborne for as long as the flame stays alight, after which the lantern floats back to the ground. Sky lanterns are also referred to as sky candles or fire balloons, however this term is also used to refer to balloon munitions used during World War II.

In ancient China, sky lantern were strategically used in wars. However later on, non-military applications were employed as they became popular with children at carnivals. These lanterns were subsequently incorporated into festivals like the Chinese Mid-Autumn and Lantern Festivals. Pingsi in the Taipei County of Taiwan holds an annual Lantern Festival in which sky lanterns are released.

Pingsi Sky Lanterns Festival (Taiwan)

Chinese Lantern Festival
Wikipedia: Lantern Festival
Wikipedia: Sky lantern
Chinese New Year - The Chinese Lantern Festival