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Lunar New Year - Happy Year of the Dragon

Lunar New Year is a celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunar solar calendar.  It is one of the most important celebrations of the year among East and Southeast Asian cultures, including Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean communities, among others. Different cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year differently with various foods and traditions that symbolize prosperity, abundance, and togetherness. While the official dates for the holiday vary by culture, those celebrating consider it the time of the year to reunite with immediate and extended family.

Hyde's International Coordinator Fang Jiang, along with her Mandarin class, hosted a dinner at the Captain Merritt House to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.  Together students cooked dumplings, hot pot, and other tasty delights for their lunar feast.  Over the shared meal, the students took in the traditions of this beloved holiday by coming together to share in good fortune and prosperity of the coming year.  

“The Lunar New Year celebration was a first for me and a real treat at that. The food was amazing but the company even more. Big thanks to Ms. Jiang for organizing the event.” Guido '24 

“I thought it was interesting to be able to experience a popular holiday from another country. Being able to understand and enjoy the meaning and food behind the holiday was very inspiring.“ Cocoe '26

Happy Year of the Dragon!