Illinois Wesleyan to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Fan Dance
Members of the Chicago Korean Dance Company performed a fan dance at the 2014 Lunar New Year celebration.

Jan. 30, 2015

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.

Ruomeng Zhang '17 played the traditional Chinese Pipa to celebrate the Year of the Horse.

“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 one.”

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.

By Tia Patsavas ’16