Today, February 1, 2022, marks the start of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Tiger! Chinese ambassador to the U.S. Qin Gang explains, “In Chinese culture, the tiger is the symbol of bravery, wisdom and strength.”

Yesterday in assembly, Nobles’ Asian American affinity group, A2A, shared the meaning behind the holiday celebrated by more than 2 billion people in China, Korea, Singapore, Mongolia, Tibet, Vietnam, and in Asian communities worldwide. It’s a time to get together with family, honor ancestors, and ward off evil spirits. The holiday also marks the end of winter and beginning of spring—a welcome reason to throw a party!

In the Castle, that’s exactly what Chinese language faculty Ray Sun and Dao Liu did. While Chinese music videos played, they taught students the art of making dumplings, a traditional New Year’s treat that represents prosperity (and which happen to taste delicious!). The teachers also handed out celebratory red envelopes containing yummy, chewy White Rabbit candy, in place of the traditional gift of money. 

Wishing everyone who celebrates a happy and prosperous New Year!

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