“Year of the Mouse” Celebrated During 2020 Lunar New Year Event
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– Illinois Wesleyan University will celebrate the 2020 Lunar New
Year with food, music and dancing to ring in the “Year of the Mouse” on Sunday, Feb.
9, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center. This event is free and open
to the public.
An important holiday in many Asian countries, the Lunar New Year celebrates the beginning
of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar –– 2020 is the Year of the Mouse,
which symbolizes abundance, success, creativity and intelligence.
IWU’s Lunar New Year Celebration is co-sponsored by the Chinese Culture and Communication
Club (CCCC), the Japanese Language and Culture Club and Cypher Dance Club. The event
presents how various countries celebrate this holiday. It will feature a buffet of
Asian cuisine and live cultural performances.
“Illinois Wesleyan’s celebration of the Lunar New Year is a decades-old tradition.
This is a long-standing annual cultural event that you cannot miss,” said Ricardo
Yinzhe Lu ’20, president of CCCC.
This year’s performances will include a traditional Chinese Lion Dance by local middle
school students, a dance routine by the Cypher Dance Team, a fan dance by the Japanese
Language and Culture Club, and a Chinese pop song by professional violinist Andy Wang.
Between performances, the performers will briefly share their personal experience
with the Lunar New Year.
This year’s Lunar New Year Celebration theme is “What’s your story?” Rather than simply
informing the audience on Asian culture, this event will focus more on individual
growth and journeys.