Monday, February 3, 2014

The Year of the Horse Welcomed with Campus Event

On January 30, a couple of hundred celebrants gathered on the MWSU campus to observe the Chinese New Year’s Eve.  
The opening act
Students and members of the St. Joseph community gathered in Blum Union to say farewell to the year of the Snake and to welcome in the year of the Horse through performances, games, exhibits and traditional Chinese food and snacks. With the support of International Students Center and the help from her friends, Xidian University exchange professor Jianhua Lian ran the extensive program, which was clearly enjoyed by all. 
The large crowd enjoys the show

Professor Jianhua Lian conducts the evening's program

The traditional dragon procession

Tai Chi Softball

Some volunteers try Tai Chi Fan Dance
The Jiaozi station 

Traditional tea service

The celebration began with an impressive group dance by four lovely girls and was followed by a presentation on the origins and customs of Spring Festival delivered by Jessica Helms, a student in HON395. Students from CHI 100 and 101 sang out their best wishes in Chinese.
Dr. Junping Yang played a piece of traditional Chinese music on the Er hu, a counterpart to the violin in Western culture.
The caligraphy station 
Dr. Pi-ming Yeh and the Visiting Scholar Xianguang Kong from Xidian University (Xi’an, Shaanxi, China) performed Tai Chi Fan and Tai Chi Softball, respectively.
After the show, attendees enjoyed traditional Spring Festival food--Jiaozi (or dumplings), together with other festival snacks and food. They were also given the opportunity to experience Jiaozi making, tea service and sampling, calligraphy writing, and paper cutting. The whole event lasted about 2 hours.
the St. Joseph News-Press's report on the event can be found here.
Congratulations to Jianhua for organizing a memorable evening! Happy New Year!

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