Chinese New Year celebration at KSU

Thursday‚ Jan. 26‚ at 6 p.m.‚ the University Rooms in Kennesaw State University’s…

Georgia (Jan 25, 2006) — Chinese New Year celebration at KSU

Karen Kennedy


Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203

Thursday‚ Jan. 26‚ at 6 p.m.‚ the University Rooms in Kennesaw State University’s Carmichael Student Center will be transformed for the 2nd Annual Chinese New Year Festival. The celebration will include performances by Lion Dancing from the Hung Sing Goon Atlanta; the Vega Quartet‚ a professional classical string quartet; professional Chinese dancer Cao Ying from the Cao Ying Dance School; Benyao Zheng‚ KSU associate professor of educational psychology will play the Erhu‚ a traditional Chinese stringed instrument; and KSU student Pearl Zhu‚ guitarist and songstress‚ will perform an original song. Other KSU faculty and students also will perform Chinese music and stories.

Historically‚ the Chinese New Year Festival was the most elaborate‚ colorful and important of all the traditional festivals in China. It was a time for Chinese to congratulate each other and themselves on having made it through another year‚ a time to finish out the old and welcome in the New Year. Preparations for the Chinese New Year start a month before New Year’s Day. It includes cleaning the house‚ decorating with red‚ buying new clothes‚ paying off debts and preparing delicious food.

Celebrated on the first day of the first moon of the lunar calendar‚ the date of Chinese New Year can vary from Jan. 21 to as late as Feb. 19. “Chinese New Year is a very important day‚ and we want everyone to come out to celebrate and have fun‚” says KSU student Stella Xu. This year’s collaborators for the event include the Division for Global Diversity‚ Legal and Community Affairs‚ the Chinese Student Association‚ the Institute for Global Initiatives‚ the Sino−American Consortium and the Office of the Dean‚ Bagwell College of Education and the Office of Special Events.


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