Chinese Festival Celebrated at St. Bernard

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St. Bernard Prep

CULLMAN – On Feb. 19, St. Bernard Preparatory School students traveled across campus to experience a taste of Chinese culture.  The event was presented by the Chinese international students, Mandarin and Chinese Culture classes and the Confucius Institute of Troy University.

Instructor Min Gao Calvert and students provided a delightful evening beginning with a taste of China.  A complete buffet of Chinese delicacies was offered, including both meat and meatless options, complete with sushi, fortune cookies and Chinese chocolate and strawberry wafers and candies.

After the meal, guests assembled in the Brahma Room for a performance, followed by activities related to Chinese culture, art and dance, and a hands-on lesson in preparing Chinese dumplings. 

Calvert said she was grateful to have the opportunity to hold the festival again. “I am thankful to have all the support, and was glad to know the audience had a great time.”

Fr. Joel Martin, President of St. Bernard Prep, said, “We are thankful for all our students, and particularly for our Asian students.  We are grateful for the faith and confidence they and their parents have in St. Bernard.  It is an honor for us to have them share their customs with us.”

Martin recognized the contribution of the Confucius Institute at Troy University. “This is the second year to partner with them, and we appreciate their assistance in providing such a wonderful celebration of culture to our community.”

Photo: Gabbi Chiodo, a fifth-grade student at Sacred Heart School, made her first Chinese dumpling at the Chinese Spring Festival at St. Bernard Prep.