In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Manhasset Secondary School Cultural Club conducted a demonstration of sugar painting (糖画) and invited other students to try this unique method of culinary artistry. This traditional Chinese folk art originated in the Ming dynasty and became popular in the Qing dynasty. The technique encompasses an artisan ladling out and drizzling hot liquid sugar to create animal figures, especially those of Chinese Zodiac symbols. The two- dimensional figure is then finished off by attaching a stick to it and removing it from a working surface for it to be enjoyed as a delicious treat or simply admired as a work of art – or both!
Additionally, students at Munsey Park and Shelter Rock elementary schools enjoyed a special assembly to help ring in the Chinese New Year. Sponsored by the Chinese American Association of North Hempstead, the assembly consisted of Chinese yo-yo performances, a traditional Lion Dance and more. Administrators also donned traditional Chinese garb; Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera wore the customary clothing of one of the most popular gods in Chinese mythology – the God of Prosperity (财神). The God of Prosperity is widely worshipped in Taoism and Chinese folk religion.