Happy Lunar New Year from the North Campus!

By Alice Xu, ’21. Photo by Yanping Li. Around the table from left to right: Zhongze ‘Gerald’ Zhao, Honglin ‘Victor’ Chen, Zurui ‘Andy’ Luo, Xichen ‘Steven’ Gao, Chuxiang ‘Terry’ Meng, Gezhi ‘Alena’ Hui, Sumeng ‘Alice’ Xu, Lei ‘Leo’ Huang

On Monday, February 4, LCA North Campus celebrated the Lunar New Year with North Campus students, parents, and teachers. Last week was a special week for Asian students, especially for the International students who live at the North Campus. Lunar New Year is widely celebrated among many Asian countries, just as important for family gatherings as Christmas is for Western countries. It is hard for international students to go back to their home and celebrate the festival with their family at this time of the year. Fortunately, the dorm hosts a Lunar New Year party for the North Campus students. Not only did Chef Hok cook delicious food, but many parents also brought their handmade traditional Chinese food to the North Campus.

The night before the celebration, students in the art club started to decorate the dining room by putting small decorations around the room, and they even put red paper around the lights in order to give the room a red glow. Red corresponds to fire, it symbolized happiness and luck to Chinese people. All along the hallway, the students placed signs on the door with the character “Fu” which means good luck.

After school, the Chinese parents brought the ingredients to make dumplings, and everyone made dumplings together. Students and teachers also learned how to write Chinese calligraphy.

Before dinner, Lin ‘Lynn’ Pan played a traditional Chinese musical instrument, the zither, known in Chinese as Guzheng.

At the end of the dinner, students received red envelopes from Mrs. Torjesen and Dr. Winsor. In China, the red envelopes are something that the elderly give to the youths; the money in the red packets means wishes. Mrs. Torjesen and Dr. Winsor did not give money out, but instead, they gave something more meaningful and useful. If you want to know what was in there, feel free to ask one of the dorm students!

Even though students can’t fly back to their homes and celebrate the Lunar New Year with their families, they could celebrate in the dorm with their friends. Not only did this make Chinese students feel like there are at home, but it also allowed other students to learn more about Chinese culture. People celebrate Lunar New Year with their family. We celebrated this Lunar New year with our big family at the Dorm!

Thanks to all the parents and teachers who helped with this celebration.