Santa Catalina celebrated Chinese New Year at Community Dinner on February 12 with a range of student performances.
Chinese New Year doesn't occur until February 16, but Community Dinner served as the perfect opportunity for Chinese language students, the Chinese Club, and Catalina's Chinese community to share this important cultural festival with their classmates.
Students were treated to fan dances, a piano performance, and a lion dance set to the K-pop hit "Gangnam Style" (the Korean New Year falls on the same day). Mandarin students sang a song called "Friends" while a slideshow played behind them showing activities they've done in and out of class over the years. The menu for the evening featured sweet and sour chicken, pork dumplings, veggie egg rolls, veggie fried rice, Chinese broccoli and long beans, fortune cookies, and green tea ice cream.
The festivities continue on February 17, when students will learn how to make traditional dumplings with Chinese teacher Bo Covington.
The 2018 Chinese New Year ushers in the Year of the Dog.
(Photos by Dana Zeng '19)