Students adapt New Year’s celebration with COVID

New Year’s has just passed us and many people celebrate it in different ways.  

“My parents and I had friends over, and we had a massive party,”  sophomore Suzane Thapaliya said.  

“For Chinese New Year, we have red envelopes from parents and relatives to the children as a symbol of good luck, like this Chinese TV program that we watch.  We also eat fried dumplings.”  sophomore Edward Lin said.    

Many people like staying up until midnight on New Year’s Eve. Thapaliya said, “I think it’s worth staying up until midnight so you can wish everyone around you a happy new year. Staying up until midnight gives me time to bond with my family and friends as I play board games with them until midnight.”  

On the other hand some people don’t think it’s worth all the trouble to stay up. “You just get tired and waste the New Year’s day sleeping. If you want to celebrate New Year’s, I think you should do it on New Year’s Day instead of staying up and then sleeping in,” Lin said.  

Thapaliya and her family also have a special meal for New Year’s. “I ate traditional Nepalise food and pizza for New Year’s. New Year’s is one of the only times I eat the traditional Nepalise food making it special for me.”

COVID-19 has also affected plans for New Year’s for some people.  Lin said, “Normally the entire Chinese community would get together and have a big party, but due to COVID, the party is canceled and there will be no huge party. Instead, I will stay with my family for New Year’s.”  

Thapaliya said, “I would have gone somewhere else like Florida to celebrate New Year’s with my family, but because of COVID, that plan was canceled.”

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