By JIANGXUE CHEN and TIFFANY MERRITT
Editor: MICHELLE DANNER
Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival in China, is one of the most important traditional holidays in China. Chinese New Year starts on the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. Although the Chinese lunar calendar is different from the internationally-used calendar, the date for Chinese New Year is always between January and March. On the Chinese New Year, people always like to visit their close family and give warm New Year greetings. Children will receive red envelopes which contain money from their parents or relatives. It’s such a wonderful festival!
With so many Chinese students studying at UNCG, a Chinese New Year Celebration was successfully held in the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm. The event was hosted by the UPP Program in collaboration with the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Greensboro Chinese Association, the UNCG School of Education and Global Village at UNCG.
During the celebration, free Chinese food was provided while participants enjoyed many fantastic performances by both Chinese and American students. The performances included Chinese songs, Chinese traditional dances, Taiji performances and so on. To celebrate this important Chinese festival, the UPP Program also prepared a lot of activities for the event: drawing on Chinese fans, writing New Year sayings, learning the key to Chinese cooking, making dumplings, posing like Chinese royalty for pictures, and learning about Chinese tea culture. With these traditional activities, American students learned more about Chinese culture, and the UPP students enjoyed sharing their culture with Americans.
About 600 people attended the Chinese New Year Celebration, including 70 percent of the current UPP students and UPP alumni from every year since 2012, which makes this the largest Chinese New Year celebration at UNCG ever! Everyone is looking forward to next year’s Chinese New Year Celebration!