Chinese New Year celebrated at Longmont's Silver Creek High School

Members of Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu turned the gymnasium inside Longmont's Silver Creek High School into a cacaphony of drums and dancing lions on Saturday afternoon to celebrate Chinese New Year. 

At the conclusion of the dance, the "lions" tossed greens at the crowd, and it's considered good luck to get hit by them. 

"Chinese New Year is very traditional," said Qui Liu, who was serving Ripe Puerh tea at a table. "When we are growing up, it is probably the most important holiday for every Chinese person."

Liu said that Chinese New Year, which happened on Feb. 5, can be a week long celebration, and in China it marks the beginning of the agricultural season. (The holiday follows the lunar calendar, so it is never on the same day, year to year.) 

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