The Lunar New Year starts at the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar that is traditionally used by many East Asian countries, including China. On February 12, 2021, we entered the Year of the Ox. The 15-day celebration with its themes of fortune, happiness, and health is a time for new beginnings and family gatherings.
At Seattle Waldorf School, students in our Mandarin program celebrated the Chinese New Year with special artistic projects and by cooking dumplings in Zoom classrooms or with their families.
Watch the short videos for a glimpse into grade school and high school celebrations. And then try the dumpling recipe in your own kitchen. Xīnnián hǎo!
Grade school students made special decorations of cut paper and cooked dumplings together with their teacher, Chai Lao Shi.
With their teacher Wang Lao Shi, grade 9 Mandarin students created “Lucky Fu” calligraphy; grade 10 students cooked dumplings and wrote greetings to their Chinese pen pals.