BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—At the 2015 Lunar New Year Celebration, Illinois Wesleyan University
will welcome the Year of the Sheep along with guests from Beijing Union University (BUU) at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15.
The Lunar New Year marks a special time for family and friends to gather. In Asia,
the holiday is celebrated for several days, and adults and children alike take time
off to celebrate.
International student Analeigh Dao ’16 from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, said that the
Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture.
“To me, Lunar New Year is not only about spending time with family, but also about
letting go of bad things in the previous year and welcoming new beginnings in the
next year,” she said. “It’s like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year packed into
IWU’s celebration will feature several activities, including a dinner of Asian specialties;
activity tables representing China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam and other Asian countries;
and a special concert by visiting student and faculty musicians from BUU.
Sponsored by the Asian Pacific Student Association and the Asian Studies team of the
International Studies program, the event will be held in the Young Main Lounge of
the Memorial Center. The celebration is free and open to the community.
In 2012, BUU and Illinois Wesleyan signed an agreement to conduct faculty exchanges
and collaborate on scholarly research, continuing Illinois Wesleyan’s movement toward
providing more international opportunities.
As one of the first faculty-student exchanges since the establishment of the partnership,
guests from BUU are a part of a music delegation that will spend Feb. 6-15 at Illinois
Wesleyan as part of the School of Music’s sesquicentennial celebration. In addition
to taking part in the Lunar New Year Celebration, the BUU delegation will present a concert Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium.