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SHS celebrates Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese holiday. It is celebrated through family reunions, dinners, fireworks, and calligraphy. The Chinese New Year fell on Jan. 31. Photo Courtesy of Lila Englander.

Thousands of years ago a legend was born. According to the story, every year a monster terrorized a small town until the villagers discovered the monster’s weaknesses: loud noise and the color red. This is the ancient explanation behind the Chinese New Year.

Although the Chinese holiday follows the lunar calendar, in the Gregorian calendar it began on Jan. 31.

“Chinese New Year is the most important festival in China. Millions of people celebrate it; even the Chinese people living in other countries overseas celebrate it. That’s why it’s so important for us to celebrate in class,” said Ning Zhang, Mandarin Chinese teacher.

For these two weeks, Mandarin students receive less homework and one class period is dedicated to celebrating.

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“For Chinese New Year in the class we make dumplings, lanterns, do calligraphy, and a bunch of other stuff. In China they have parties, eat a lot, and do fireworks. Sort of like our fourth of July,” said Derrick Bennet, 10, Mandarin four student.

Beyond in-class and after school celebrations, Chinese SHS students like Megan Jiang, 11, observed the holiday with her family

“Usually it’s a big family party, if you don’t have family in the states you get together with other family friends and it’s pretty much a big dinner party. The kids get red packets with money to signify they were good for the past year,” said Jiang, Chinese club president.

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I am currently a senior. This year I serve as an assignment editor. I love writing about people or groups with fascinating stories who often fly under the radar. Beyond learning to use the Adobe design programs and developing my writing skills, journalism has allowed me to pursue my love of learning and gain a deeper understanding of the profound value of collaboration. I enjoy participating in Academic Quiz Team, Chinese Club and TEAMS team. I love backpacking, kayaking, climbing, reading and napping. I am learning Chinese at school at the AP level and can read, write and speak Hebrew because I went to Jewish day school until eighth grade. I also sharpened my Hebrew skills during junior year while studying abroad for a semester in the desert of Israel through Alexander Muss High School in Israel. The past three summers, I have been lucky enough to intern at a small nonprofit called Design Impact. My favorite book is "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace. My favorite T.V. shows are "The Wire" and "True Detective." My three favorite news sources are "The New York Times," "The Atlantic," and "The Onion." I also listen to "This American Life" on NPR every week. Although I am interested in pursuing a career in engineering, I am confident that journalism will benefit me wherever I end up. I am looking forward to another great year on staff!
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SHS celebrates Chinese New Year