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By Zhaomin Yu, Grade 5
My Favorite Festival
There are many interesting festivals within a year. For example, Lunar New Year, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, National day, Thanksgiving,
Christmas, etc. Among these festivals, my favorite is the Lunar New Year.
Lunar New Year is important to the Chinese people because it is a time for a family gathering. When it’s Lunar New Year, Mom always
cooks many delicious dishes. There is chicken, abalone, fish, vegetables, and more. Mom will prepare two fishes during the Lunar New
Year period, one for New Year’s Eve and one for the New Year. There is a superstition in China saying that having fish each year will
grant more money the same year.
At night, the whole family will gather together and enjoy the meal. After we finish eating, everyone will go to the living room and watch
TV. The TV will play shows like dancing, music, magic tricks, and fireworks. It’s very exciting.
On the morning of Lunar New Year, after I wake up, I put on my new clothes and shoes and will go visit my relatives. I wish them a happy
new year, good health, and good luck.
Another reason that Lunar New Year is my favorite festival is that I get to visit many of my relatives, but I also can light fireworks and
play games with my older cousins. Not only do I have a fun time, but I also get to reunite with my long-away family.
Lastly, adults will give kids red envelopes. I am very happy when I think of the red envelopes because I can use the money to purchase
something I like. Hope this year’s New Year can be as fun as last year, a different thing is, I am a year older now.
By Wenwei Huang, Grade 5
Student Work: My Favorite Festival
There are many festivals in a year, such as New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. All of them
are unique. Everyone has their own favorite festivals, and my favorite one is Christmas.
I like Christmas because I can get together with my family. I have a large family, but since everyone lives in a different area, we don't
see each other very often and we have to wait until the holidays to get together. When we meet, we often eat hot pot, since it is the quickest way to prepare dinner, and we can cook different kinds of food.
Hot pot food includes fish balls, meat, seafood, tofu, vegetables, and noodles. My favorite food is fish balls and noodles with soy sauce.
My mother also said that eating hot pot can promote family relationships because people can sit around the hot pot table, chatting and eating. The warm atmosphere makes people feel comfortable and relaxed. After dinner, I play video games with my cousins. We really
like to play the racing game Mario Kart and I always want to win.
I am also looking forward to receiving a lot of gifts on this day because I like to open gifts and see surprises. Every year there's always
a gift that surprises me, and I remember one year I got a skateboard. I thought it was great because skateboards are cool. Even though
I haven't learned the skills of skateboarding, I still think it's the coolest gift.
The atmosphere of Christmas is very good because we can see many houses and buildings, which are beautifully decorated with lights
and Christmas trees. If the weather is fine, my parents will take my sister and me to see Rockefeller's Christmas tree. With the company
of my family, the gifts from Santa Claus, and the sparkling Christmas tree, Christmas is my favorite holiday. I can't wait for Christmas to
come this year!
By Roupin Chen, Grade 5
Student Work: Reasons Why I Like Christmas
I like many holidays, but my favorite holiday is Christmas.
The reason why I like Christmas is that it’s the day when Jesus was born. Another reason is that my birthday is very close to Christmas,
so I will receive many presents. I remember a year when I opened the present box, it’s full of pretty dresses and socks!
On the morning of Christmas, I start to unwrap the presents, then go to the church to worship God and sing the hymn.
Once Christmas is over, the New Year is coming, then it’s my little brother’s birthday. This is also a reason why I like Christmas because
there will be a series of special days following Christmas. Not only do we have a Christmas tree in the house, but there are also many
desserts, which makes me very happy.
In addition to this, starting from December 1st to Christmas Eve, we call it Advent. I'll receive a calendar from the church that contains
25 chocolates, one for each day, and I will finish them on the day of Christmas. Also, my birthday is during Advent. These are the reasons
why I like Christmas.
By Youyuan Lu, Grade 5,
Student Work: My colorful poem
Yellow comes from the bright sunshine.
Green comes from the grass under my feet.
Blue comes from the sky. I hope those dark clouds won’t ruin this beautiful view.
White comes from my chair with the rollers.
Black comes from the iPad sitting right next to me, until I open it again,
Which then, it becomes a colorful world.
Orange comes from my bright desk, and there are a lot of things on it.