2011-02-17 / Local & State

Sixth-Graders Celebrate Chinese New Year

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Sixth-graders at McConnellsburg Middle School pose with Hanze Hu, a Chinese exchange student who talked to them about how the Chinese New Year is celebrated in his native country. Sixth-graders at McConnellsburg Middle School pose with Hanze Hu, a Chinese exchange student who talked to them about how the Chinese New Year is celebrated in his native country. February 3 marked the beginning of Chinese New Year. Sixthgrade students at Mc- Connellsburg Middle School marked the occasion with a visit from Chinese exchange student Hanze Hu, “Cosmo,” and learned how the Chinese New Year is calculated using the lunar calendar. They also learned how Cosmo and his family celebrate the New Year.

Each year Cosmo receives a red envelope with money at the start of the celebration. In China, his family often watch a New Year’s show and eat a large meal. Cosmo also talked to the students about China’s economy and educational system.

The sixth-graders learned that students in China begin school at 6:50 a.m., and their day ends at 8 p.m.

Cosmo told the students to open their eyes to new ideas, because only they could control their fate. He told the students, “If you work hard today, you will be happy tomorrow.”

The students also enjoyed a variety of Chinese foods from fried rice and noodles to Chinese cookies, almond cookies and even fortune cookies. Cosmo taught the students how to use chop sticks to eat their noodles and rice.

The students embraced the opportunity to learn about China’s culture and customs.

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