Snap Story: Chinese New Year Celebration

Snap Story: Chinese New Year Celebration


– Hey PSJA Family, I’m currently at PSJA Southwest Early
College High School where they are hosting a
Chinese New Year celebration. So here you’re gonna be able to be immersed in the Chinese culture, learn about our district’s pilot program. There is so much to
do, so let’s get to it. (excited voices talking) – Ni hao, I’m the Dean of Southwest Early College High School. We have a Chinese program here, and tonight we’re showing
everyone what we can do. Xin nian quai le, or happy New Year. Yes, hi, we’re making Chinese lanterns because the 15 days
after the Lunar New Year is called Lantern Festival, which symbolizes the end of
Lunar New Year celebration. And we make lanterns because we want to wish for a bright future. So there are all different kinds of lanterns in different kinds
of shapes, colors and sizes. And we have decided to make this one. It is a very neat lantern and for everyone to share to your friends and families and
hope for a bright future. (talking and a bell ringing) – Originally it’s a type of flower. It is also a type of jade, very precious treasure. That’s what it is. The third literally means prosperity. – This one is green tea. It starts out looking
like this when it’s dry. (loud bell) And then when we add water at 180 degrees, it blossoms into this pretty flower. And we call it flower tea or green tea. – [Interviewer] What’s the
other tea that you have here? – The other tea is chrysanthemum. I don’t know if you can
see the actual flowers. And we also put 180 degree water. – And put one rock. – [Instructor] Not a
big rock, a little rock. Okay, go ahead, go ahead. Wow. (laughter) – What kind of tea is that? – [Instructor] I think you’re
having chrysanthemum tea. – Okay. It smells warm. – [Interviewer] It smells warm? You want to try it? – Mm-hmm. (children talking) – [Interviewer] What do you think? – Mm.
– [Interviewer] No? (laughter) – [Instructor] I’ll stick with Lipton tea. – This is a singing bowl from Tibet. (ringing) And if you rub just the edge, slowly, (ringing louder) Now touch it. And it will feel like
you’re being shocked. – [Interviewer] Oh, wow. (laughter) (brassy Chinese music) (rippling) – Hi, everybody. My name is Xiaomei Dai. I am a Chinese teacher in PSJA. Today we are holding a traditional Chinese New Year party to celebrate the Chinese New Year. And we have many, many
different cultures here. And we want to introduce the traditional Chinese
culture to the community. And everybody here is enjoying themselves. That’s all, thank you. (speaking Mandarin Chinese) (speaking Mandarin Chinese) (speaking Mandarin Chinese) (speaking Mandarin Chinese) (speaking Mandarin Chinese) (speaking Mandarin Chinese) (speaking Mandarin Chinese) (speaking Mandarin Chinese) (speaking Mandarin Chinese) (speaking Mandarin Chinese) – Hey, PSJA, we’re here. We’re gonna do the dragon dance. I’m one of the ten dragon dancers. We’re gonna chase the fireball right here. That’s how we’re going to do that, chase it around, dance around, all that kinda good stuff. – Hi, so I’m here. Eduardo Guzman, part of
the dual language program. And we’re here to offer
parents and students any information, questions
regarding the program, and we encourage all of
you to come and sign up if you’re not part of the program. Thank you. – Hello, my name is Robert Elizondo, I’m the assistant principal
here at PSJA Southwest, and I’d like to welcome you to our Chinese New Year celebration. It offers an opportunity to
our students here at PSJA to explore other cultures. People are excited, as you
can see the excitement around. People are trying new things. And it’s just a wonderful opportunity PSJA is giving our
community and our students to experience a brand new culture. And thank you guys very
much for joining us today. (pop music) (talking) – [Interviewer] Do you
know what that’s called? – Nope – Okay, one, two, three. (squealing) – I can’t grab them anymore. It only happened twice. You guys, I’m not even. (multiple people talking excitedly) (children singing in Mandarin) (tinny Chinese music) (applause)

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