China is full of traditions and holidays. I mostly love them because that means time off of school for me. Besides that though, it's always interesting to learn about another culture so indepthly (is that really a word?). Chinese New Year (Chun Jie) is coming up on February 14th. It's China's biggest holiday, like our Christmas. They set of bazillions of fireworks, eat jiaozi (dumplings) and give gifts. It's a really big deal. Each year is assigned an animal- you can read here if you'd like to know more about it. This is the year of the Tiger. If you were born in 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914...you are a Tiger. Go here if you'd like learn more about your tiger-self.
Anyway, because half of our staff is Chinese, we had a big Chun Jie Party last week to celebrate with them. We gave each other gifts, ate A LOT of jiaozi and meat on a stick, and had a talent show. And of course, I had to participate in all of it. I made jiaozi, cut paper pictures, ate lots of food and sang in the talent show.
The following is a video from the show. A friend and I took a famous American song, "Hero" by Mariah Carey, changed the lyrics, and added a powerpoint. The sound's a little rough but you can read most of the lyrics. Enjoy!