Asian clubs to host Lunar New Year celebration

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Alivia Hartpence, Reporter

Though Jan. 1 has come and gone, for some students on campus, the new year is just getting started.  

The Lunar New Year Celebration, hosted by the Chinese Culture Club, Vietnam Student Association and Korean Culture Club, is being held Thursday, Jan. 26 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Bowen Thompson Student Union Ballroom.  

The holiday signifies the beginning of spring and the end of the winter season, focusing on spending time with family and loved ones while celebrating wishes of prosperity and blessings for the upcoming year.  

The celebration is being held a few days after the Lunar New Year, to stay true to the significance and meaning behind the holiday.  

“We didn’t feel like it was appropriate for the first day of the new year to be celebrated with the clubs. And normally for almost every culture that celebrates the new year, the Lunar New Year is a week-long event. So, while they may be celebrating with friends and family today, on Thursday, they’ll celebrate on a broader scale,” Chinese Culture Club President, Tessa Arnett says.  

Tickets for the event will be $6 to $8 upon entry or can be found through their website which are on QR codes around campus. 

The event will have catered food from Panda Express and has many fun activities planned.  

“At 7:30 we’ll start performances, and what we’ve done is each club is going to perform some sort of special thing like the Chinese students will be performing songs, the Korean club will be dancing, and VSA is putting on a play, which they’ve been working very hard on and they’re very excited for it,” Arnett said.  

As well as performances and food, each club plans on having a booth with activities and crafts for people to participate in while they are there.  

Arnett urges students to come and experience these types of events on campus. Students not only experience and immerse themselves in different cultures, but also unify and support the Asian community on campus.  

They plan to stop selling tickets at the door around 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and though there is no dress code for the event, wearing red and gold – the celebratory colors of the Lunar New Year – is always encouraged.