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Chinese New Year aka Spring Festival

International students preparing food to share with the Xavier community.

International students preparing food to share with the Xavier community.

International students preparing food to share with the Xavier community.

International students preparing food to share with the Xavier community.

This year’s Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) was an example of how the Xavier community is willing to learn about cultures from around the world. SLC and some of Xavier’s international students planned an educational and fun moment in an otherwise normal school day. The official date of Chinese New Year 2019 is February 5th. The holiday is a 2-week celebration that brings together families (Wes Redez, Chinese American Family). Xavier held its own celebration on February 15th.

Xavier students were treated to an informational video and slide presentation which provided a better understanding of how this holiday is honored. Xavier learned that this is the year of the pig, one of 12 Chinese zodiac signs, that Chinese calendar year is actually 4717, and how to say “Happy New Year” in both Chinese and Korean.  Arnold Li showed everyone a Chinese flag made by his grandfather, and Xavier was treated to a fine musical performance by Keer Chen. Students were then dismissed outside to enjoy traditional foods found in the celebration of Chinese New Year.

Junior William Zhang shared more details on what a typical Chinese New Year celebration, “All relatives, brothers, and sisters, including parents, gather together for dinner then watch the Spring Festival Gala.” Zang says the biggest difference between Chinese New Year and American New Year is that China’s Spring Festival is a two-week celebration. Further describing events of the celebration, Zhang said, “Adults give children a red envelope which contains money. The meaning behind this is people hope that the new year can be one of good fortune.” Senior Mike Sun enjoyed the experience of this observance expressing “I appreciate all the hard work put into this event to represent where I am from.”

Keer Chen playing the flute.

Xavier companions had thoughts to share as well. Sophomore Julian Lopez had great feedback about the food. Lopez said “The food tasted better than I thought it would. I was intimidated, but once I tried it I really loved it.” He also found that the year of the pig was interesting and learned new aspects of their culture. Junior Anthony Castro adored how Keer Chen played the flute. Castro wished that he “…could listen to that music while I am studying. It was calm and relaxing, everything that I need.”

Xavier’s students trying the delicious Chinese food prepared for them.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is one more way Xavier welcomes all students into a shared experience. This is a reminder that nobody is ever left out. All are loved and welcomed on this campus. Credit and props go to Profe Figueroa and her SLC for supporting this event and to the international students who shared their cultural observations with the greater community.

 

 

 

Radez, Wes. Chinese American Family (2019 January 25) “How to Celebrate Chinese New Year”

http://www.chineseamericanfamily.com/chinese-new-year/

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