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Smith Celebrates Lunar New Year

chinese new yearSmith’s Chinese Inter-Regional Student Cultural Organization and the department of East Asian Languages and Literatures celebrated the year of the horse at an event in the Campus Center on February 8.

Students sang songs and read poems to honor the Chinese New Year. The first day of the new year is traditionally marked by lighting fireworks and burning bamboo sticks and firecrackers to chase off the evil spirits. Many people also honor their elders and families by visiting the most senior family members on this day. Festivities continue for a total of fifteen days, where upon the last day families walk the streets carrying lanterns in a Lantern Festival.

Smith’s Chinese New Year celebration embraced the themes of family reunion and the start of spring with cultural performances and traditional food, including dumplings. There was a large turn out and the crowd was very engaged to each performance of their peers.

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