by Jessica Reppert
Welcome to the Year of the Dragon!
The year 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, and the Rohrbach Library, along with the departments of Modern Language Studies, History, and Business Administration, invite you to come celebrate!
Chinese New Year Celebration at KU
- Thursday, February 2, 2012
- Rohrbach Library – 2nd Floor
The event will provide a variety of activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year:
- There will be Chinese food and tea sampling, with authentic dumplings made by Joo Tan.
- CJ Roads will give a Tai Chi demonstration in traditional garb.
- Haidong Liu will be set up at a station teaching Chinese calligraphy, and those in attendance will be able to practice along with her.
- There will be a display of Chinese zodiac medallions, dry ink, postage stamps, books, videos, artwork, and other artifacts brought back from China.
- The Chinese New Year is a week-long celebration, which began on Chinese New Year’s Day — January 23, 2012. Video highlights from this year’s festivities in China will be playing during our celebration.
Background information for Chinese New Year:
The Chinese New Year is also referred to as the Spring Festival and it is the most important celebration for Chinese communities around the world. One of the Festival’s central themes is the Chinese horoscope which gives way to the year’s animal. According to World Book’s Celebrations and Rituals Around the World: New Year’s Celebrations, unlike the daily horoscope system we are used to, the Chinese rotate through twelve animals over twelve years. Being born under a certain animal then, is said to give a person that horoscope, and thus, that type of personality. This year, 2012, is the Year of the Dragon. People that are born in the Year of the Dragon enjoy good health and are always full of energy (World Book’s 13). Other Years of the Dragon have been 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, and 2000 (World Book’s 13). History.com also provides useful information on the Chinese New Year.
For more information about the Chinese New Year: visit the Rohrbach Library; a Librarian is always happy to assist you.
For more information on the Chinese New Year Celebration on February 2nd: please call 610-683-4746.
Click Here to download a copy of the event flyer.
This event is a collaborative effort of several departments on campus and was made possible through the special efforts of Michael Weber, Haidong Liu, Bruce Jensen, and Dr. John Stanley who are pulling together a spectacular event for the Chinese New Year Celebration!
The celebration is also sponsored by the Voices and Choices Center within the Rohrbach Library. The Voices and Choices Center, run by Bruce Jensen, works to promote different cultures, opinions, and outlooks of different people from around the world to make the student body of Kutztown University more aware of these different cultures and ways of life.
Update After the Event on February 2, 2012:
The Chinese New Year Celebration was a hit! At 11:00 am the room was packed with students, faculty, staff and others alike to join us in the festivities. Check out our Facebook page for photos from the event!