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Happy New Year, Again?

New Year lanterns swinging in the street.
Photo by www. chinesenewyear.net

New Year lanterns swinging in the street. Photo by www. chinesenewyear.net

New Year lanterns swinging in the street. Photo by www. chinesenewyear.net

New Year lanterns swinging in the street. Photo by www. chinesenewyear.net

Evelyn Zhao and Theresa Ceman

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Chinese New Year is the most traditional and significant holiday in China. It was originally a festival to honor ancestors as well as holy or sacred beings. It is also known as the Spring Festival, which is the literal translation from the Chinese name “春节”. However, unlike Christmas, there is no set date for Spring Festival. According to the lunar calendar, the Spring Festival is on January 1st and lasts until the 15th (the full moon).

Chinese New Year season is the spring migration, “春运”, a period of travel in China with extremely high traffic. The Spring Festival causes the largest human migration in the world. Since the Chinese economic reform of the late 1970s, new economic opportunities have emerged, often at a considerable distance from people’s hometowns. Therefore, Chinese people at every corner of the world may return to their homes from work or school to have a reunion dinner with their families on Chinese New Year’s Eve.

At Rosary Academy, we have some Chinese International students who unfortunately cannot spend the Chinese New Year with their families. However, they are still celebrating it here, so let us see how they celebrate Chinese New Year in America.

Emily Jin’ had hot pot with her host family on New Year Eve.
Photo by Emily Jin

Our first Chinese Student is Emily Jin“22.

RR: How do you feel about the Spring Festival this year?

Emily Jin: This year is the first time that I celebrate Chinese New Year across the sea. It is so different to enjoy New Year here and in my hometown because people in the US do not celebrate it as much as we do. But I still have fun with my host family.

RR: Then how did you celebrate Chinese New Year with your host family?

Emily Jin: We had a wonderful dinner at New Year Eve. My host family prepared my favorite food, hot pot. We watched the Spring Festival Gala Evening while eating. What’s more, my host family gave me a red envelop with money in it, just like what parents would do in China.

Emily Jin’s host family prepared her red envelope with money in it. Photo by Emily Jin

Then, we interviewed Keqin Chen “20.

RR: How did you celebrate Chinese New Year?

Keqin: Since my family is here, I spent the Spring Festival with my family. We had the reunion dinner, watched the Spring Festival Gala Evening, and went to Chinatown. Chinese New Year is my favorite holiday.

RR: Could you tell our readers a fun fact about Chinese New Year?

Keqin: Do you know the Chinese Zodiac? This year is the year of Pig!

Next, since we all notice that we have some new Chinese Students, who only come to Rosary for two weeks, let us see how they feel about Chinese New Year. We interviewed Betty and Wency.

RR: How did you celebrate Chinese New Year in the US?

International students had Chinese New Year dinner at their host family’s house. Photo by Evelyn Zhao

Betty & Wency: We live in Evelyn Zhao’s host family, so we spent time together. Our host family mom tried her best to make some Chinese food for us, and we enjoyed it very much! We went shopping, and watched the Spring Festival Gala Evening on our cellphones.

RR: Could you tell us an interesting fact about Chinese New Year?

Betty & Wency: On Chinese New Year everyone is a year older. It doesn’t matter when you were born; this is like a national birthday.

In the end, Royal reporter wishes all Rosary students and faculties a new year rich with the blessings of love, joy, warmth, and laughter. Happy New Year, “新年快乐”!

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