Though the pandemic is not over yet, our passion for in-person culture celebration is back. On Saturday night, February 12, Chinese New Year Gala was held in GC Ballrooms at FIU. The Gala started with the lion dance invited from the local Chinese community. Students from the Chinese program showed their performances in singing and dancing. Korean language learners and Vietnamese students showed their talents as well. Many of the show won the loud applause from the audience. The Gala lasted three hours with a variety of shows and a presentation of different Asian cultures. Over 150 FIU students and their family members went to watch the show.
The Gala was organized by the Chinese Club and the Chinese Salon in collaboration with Vietnamese Student Association and the Korean Club. Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and the Photography Club also provided support. This was another time these student organizations collaborated to celebrate the lunar new year shared by many Asian countries.
Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, falls between January 21 and February 21 according to the lunar calendar. It was on February 1st this year and it is the Year of the Tiger. According to tradition, the official ending of celebrating the new year was February 15, which is another festival called Lantern Festival, or Yuanxiao Jie in Chinese.
If you are interested in taking Chinese language and culture courses, please check the information on this page: https:/dll.fiu.edulanguages/chinese/chinese-courses/