Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Welcome, Year of the Snake!

The campus and St. Joseph communities gathered on Monday, February 11 to celebrate the Chinese New Year, saying "farewell" to the year of the Dragon and welcoming in the year of the Snake.

Visiting Professor Juan Wang from Xidian University enlisted the help of her students and friends from the international community to run the event.

The crowd of adults and children, while sipping Chinese tea and munching wonderful dumplings, enjoyed traditional Chinese music played by Dr. Junping Yang and Mr. Chris Wang.

The room in Blum Hall was decorated with posters and streamers. We enjoyed the Lantern Festival Parade (Shehuo Parade) before heading outside to release lanterns in the the cool evening air.

Festival attendees were given the opportunity to learn about Chinese zodiac animals, and traditional tea service. Other activities included folk-art paper-cutting and instruction in drawing Chinese characters.

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