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ASU Commemorates Lunar New Year

The HWS Asian Student Union (ASU) will host its annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 13. The event, commemorating the year of the fire monkey, will take place at the Geneva Ramada Lakefront Inn from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The chef-prepared dinner will include a selection of foods from Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan and performances will be given by students and traditional Lion dancers. The ASU will also hold a raffle.

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 Feb. 7 until 13. It is traditional for Chinese families to welcome the New Year by spending time with their extended family.

Those born in the year of the fire monkey are said to possess such personality traits as wittiness, intelligence, and magnetic qualities.

“This is a great way to experience Asian culture from all over the world,” explains ASU Co-President Phoebe Rafferty ’17. “It is not just China that celebrates lunar New Year, most Asian countries do. Coming to this event you will receive a better understanding of HWS’s Asian community and culture.”

“I always enjoy the food and vibrancy that the students bring with them as well as learning about traditions from the different Asian countries that are represented,” reflects Darline Polanco Wattles ’09, assistant director of the Intercultural Affairs Office.

Transportation to the event will be provided from Medbery parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for staff and community members.