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10 Days of Chinese New Year: Day 2

03 February 2015

On the second day of Chinese New Year, Year 8 were making their own dumplings. Frederick from Year 8 gives us a report of the activity.

  • Students at British International School Shanghai making dumplings to celebrate Chinese New Year

On the second day of the 10 Days of Chinese New Year Celebration, I followed the path of a Year 8 native Mandarin class through their journey of dumpling making in the newly built cooking room located in the primary school. Dumplings are one of the delicacies of Chinese New Year and symbolise reunion.  Even though most students had little to no experience in dumpling making, the students had an adventurous time fiddling with them to create all sorts of shapes and made sure that they didn’t break open, the reason for this is because if broken, it would not be a ‘complete’ reunion.  “I have made six dumplings today and they were delicious!” exclaimed Daniel Hawkins, a member of the class. The students gathered together around the steaming pot as Ms. Xie kindly deliver the finished dumplings one by one, each excited to get a taste of their very own handmade dumplings.

 在中国新年庆祝活动十天的第一天,我也跟着学生们在新建成的小学厨房享受了一场“包饺子之旅”。“饺子”是一种典型的中国新年的美味佳肴,象征着团圆。虽然大多数学生几乎没有包饺子的经验,但学生们清楚,在摆弄他们创造各种形状的同时,要确保它们不会破开,这样做的原因是因为如果坏了,它们不会是一个“完整的”团聚。 “放心,今天我已经做了6个饺子,我称这为“雪茄”。教室里同学们围绕着热气腾腾的锅聚集在一起,谢老师给学生们盛着一个接一个煮好的饺子,每一个学生都兴奋地吃着他们自己做的饺子。  

- Frederick Tsao 8P

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