Campus to Celebrate Asian Culture at Lunar New Year

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University students will come together with food, music and dancing to mark the Year of the Pig, during the 2019 Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Young Main Lounge in the Memorial Center (104 E. University Ave, Bloomington). This event is free and open to the public.

A prominent holiday in several Asian countries, the Lunar New Year is an opportunity to showcase several unique traditions from Vietnam, Korea, China, Japan and India. Co-hosted by Chinese Culture and Communication Club and Japanese Language and Culture Club, the evening will include free Asian cuisine and cultural performances.

Student-led performances will include a Japanese fan dance by Japanese Language and Culture Club, a K-pop routine by Cypher Dance Team and a traditional Chinese Lion Dance.

This year’s festival will specifically highlight India with an Indian dinner and a dance by the McLean County Indian Association (MCIA).

By Rachel McCarthy ’21