Words and Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida
On Friday, January 27, 2016, students came together at Centennial High School to celebrate Chinese New Year and honor the Year of the Rooster. The National Chinese Honor Societies from Centennial High School and River Hill High School and the Chinese Club from Marriotts Ridge High School all worked together to help organize the event.
There were many stations for students and families that included fun games and activities like dumpling making, Chinese yoyo, chopstick challenges, and more to give the opportunity for a hands on experience to enhance knowledge of Chinese.
“It’s fun and it exposes a lot of different people to a new culture. When I look around I can see many faces not from this school which is very cool,” said sophomore Joseph Wang.
Students from Centennial helped cook foods such as noodles, rice, chicken, and dumplings for the buffet. Music and dance performances were shown at the festival as well.
“It’s amazing, we had almost a hundred people come to enjoy the show, eat the food we made, and enrich themselves in our traditional culture and celebrate the Chinese New Year Eve together,” said Ms. Liang, a Chinese teacher at Centennial.
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