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Lunar New Year Festival

To mark the Year of the Goat, the Asian Student Union will host a Lunar New Year Festival.

The Lunar New Year Festival will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for HWS students and $7 for faculty and staff. The dress code is semi-formal.

The event will include a variety of authentic foods, including: sushi, dumplings, Coke chicken wings, Bulgogi and more. Performances of Taekwondo, Chinese martial art, Japanese Taiko drumming and traditional Chinese music will be held. There will be a raffle at the end of the night.

The Lunar New Year is the most important event in the Chinese lunar calendar. The months of this calendar are determined by the cycles of the moon. The Lunar New Year is also known as the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, depending on the region. The celebration lasts from February 18 until 24. It is traditional for Chinese families to welcome the new year by spending time with their extended family.

“Through centuries of China’s agrarian tradition, this was the time when farmers got to rest from work and spent time with their families,” says San-Fan Hong ’16, of Taipei City, who serves as president of the Asian Student Union. “This event was established in order to give the international students a place to celebrate a significant and traditional holiday. We hope this event replicates the festival for them as if they were home as well as welcome the community to celebrate the coming of a new year with us.”

The Lunar New Year Festival will be held in the Vandervort Room on the second floor of the Scandling Campus Center.