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In February, red is not just for Valentines!

In February, red is not just for Valentines!

In February, red is not just for Valentines!

Chinese New Year Holiday in 2019 was February 5th. The color red is everywhere, and the holiday has many symbols of money and prosperity.  2019 is the year of the pig, and the folklore of the pig symbol is wealth also!
As we are a multi-cultural group, our PhD students like to explore and celebrate each other’s holidays and traditions. Yuanfan Yang hosted the Chinese New Year celebration this year and it was Yum, Fun, and yes, Educational!  Tina Chen shared with us a children’s story of how the Zodiac animals were chosen. (For everything you would ever want to know about the zodiac, go here (https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/).  We also learned that dumplings are in the shape of ancient ingots called yuanbao and therefore are also a symbol of prosperity like the lanterns in the photo below.  (For more on that, read here- https://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/Chinese_Customs/yuanbao.htm)
Students hold red lanterns up for good luck

Red lanterns with traditional Chinese New Year Prosperity Symbols are held above Nick’s head for good luck

filling the dumplings

Many kinds of filling can be used to make the traditional dumpling, also called jiaozi

Everyone had fun making and eating dumplings and playing with pets

Everyone had fun making and eating dumplings and playing with pets

Fried dumplings almost ready to eat

Fried dumplings almost ready to eat

rolling the dough is an art

Rolling the dough is an art

Tina shows the dumplings that will go into the water to be boiled

Tina shows the dumplings that will go into the water to be boiled

people gathering around the table making dumplings

Even Meg got into the spirit learning to stuff and pinch close the dumplings in the traditional way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhD students, friends and family group

PhD students, friends, and family group