[Photos] Elementary Schoolers Stuff Dumplings and Their Faces at the Chinese Culture Educational Workshop

Ricky Jang, Luna Kang, and Jade Lee

“新年快乐(Xīn Nián Kuài Lè –– Happy New Year)!” greeted the National Chinese Honor Society members as elementary schoolers rushed through the gymnasium doors. NCHS hosted a Dumpling Night for students in grades 3 to 5 to celebrate Lunar New Year in January. Participants made loads of dumplings with various stuffings and enjoyed movies together. 

In Chinese, dumplings symbolize prosperous fortune and good luck because of their similarity in shape to the country’s ancient currency. Families gather around to cook, share stories, and greet each other with new year wishes. Youni, the club president, explained, “We held the Dumpling Night because NCHS wishes everyone a good year!” 

Students faced challenges in planning the event due to the small number of NCHS members, but thanks to extra high school volunteers, the night ended successfully. Despite the extensive amount of work required, the delicious dumplings served as the greatest reward. 

“恭喜发财你们(Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái Nǐ Men – We wish that all of you make a lot of money; a typical saying for Lunar New Year in China)!” exclaimed Ms. Zhu and Mr. Zhao.