Despite being a relatively young club, the Asian Student Association threw a tremendously fun and informative Lunar New Year celebration last Thursday in the Stern Ballroom.
For those of you who do not know, the Chinese Lunar New Year is a celebration of the New Year from the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. The celebration lasts fifteen days and is meant to serve Gods, convene with family and remember the luckiness of a New Year.
Also known as the Spring Festival, the celebration is meant to usher in Spring. The Chinese Lunar New Year is one of the most beautiful celebrations in the world. The most important color for the New Year is a vibrant red. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, attendees set off fireworks to welcome the new year and continue to do so until morning, making the Chinese Lunar New Year the most prominent display of fireworks in the world.
Each Chinese Lunar New Year gets assigned a lucky animal for the year. The twelve animals represent different ideals to the Chinese and they believe that your Chinese Zodiac will significantly impact your life.
This year’s zodiac is the pig; the pig is believed to be a hard and enthusiastic worker who will enjoy bounty in his life. As the twelfth animal of the zodiac cycle, the pig finishes out the sixty-year rotation and represents a grounded and happy animal.
The Asian Student Association’s celebration was not only full of food, gifts, and games but was also informative. The Association and the Multicultural Center worked hard to put on a beautiful event and I loved getting to know their executive board. They are a friendly, welcoming group on campus and I highly recommend getting to know them by attending their events in the future.
To hear about more events like these, be sure to keep up with the Multicultural Center on campus and Instagram @cofc_msps.