Chinese New Year sparks excitement



Another tradition for Chinese New Year is for adults to give children “hong bao,” little red envelopes of money. The dragon is also a part of many Chinese traditions. Everything is red for good luck.

Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Feb. 8 this year. SHS Chinese Club will celebrate with an annual party consisting of mooncake and other Chinese traditions.
Senior Christopher Seger said, “It’s always a lot of fun. You get to eat a lot of different food and learn about new traditions.”
Chinese New Year celebrations formed as a result from fear and myth. The wild beast, Nien, which means year, supposedly appeared at the end of each year and attacked villagers. People used loud noises and bright lights to scare the beast away.
Junior Matthew Schuetz said, “It’s always good to learn about different holidays across cultures.”
Some of the traditional foods people eat for Chinese New Year are:
Eight Treasures Rice- contains glutinous rice, walnuts, different colored dry fruit, raisins, sweet red bean paste, jujube dates, and almonds

  • “Tang Yuan” – black sesame rice ball soup
  • Chicken, duck, fish and pork dishes.
  • “Moon cake”- which is made of rice which has been coarsely ground and then formed into a small, sweet round cake
  • “Jiu Niang Tang” – sweet wine-rice soup which contains small glutinous rice ballsSophomore Kaitlyn Jiang said, “My family and I usually eat a lot of mooncake and spend time together. It’s an exciting part of the year”
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