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Students at NSCD celebrated the Lunar New Year with traditional activities like making dumplings and creating cut paper decorations. Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, is the most important holiday in several East Asian countries, marking the start of the Chinese lunar calendar. The holiday starts anytime from mid-January to mid-February depending on the year.

One example in lower school was in senior kindergarten—the parents of a student whose family celebrates the Lunar New Year created a video explaining the holiday and some of the typical traditions their family honors. They also sent in red money envelopes and small red teacups for each student to take home. 

Students in middle school made boiled dumplings—an important dish for Lunar New Year celebrations in northern China. Dumplings, shaped like ingots (the kind used as ancient Chinese money), symbolize wealth, and eating dumplings is considered a way of bringing good luck in the coming new year.

In upper school, students practiced Chinese paper cutting. The craft dates back to the 6th century and became popular during Chinese festivals. Eventually, the art spread around the world. In rural areas, paper cutting is traditionally a handicraft for women. In the past, every girl was supposed to master it and brides were often judged by their skills. Today, professional paper-cutting artists make their living selling their art. The paper is often red and used to decorate walls, windows, doors, pillars, mirrors, lamps and lanterns or given as gifts.

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Take 10 Play Festival

North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.

All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.

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