With the upcoming Lunar New Year just around the corner on January 28th, Orme’s Chinese and Vietnamese students took time to teach the rest of our student body about the cultural importance of this holiday.
International students spent a Sunday afternoon decorating Founders Dining Hall to make it extra bright and festive. Then, last Wednesday evening during a special presentation in Horsecollar Theater, a group of students gave a slide show on Lunar New Year history, and the decorations and foods that are customary to its celebration. Their talk included why and how these celebrations began, and the significance of the zodiac animals that represent each year. Decorations such as lanterns are used to symbolically signify hope and a bright future.
The celebrations will continue this coming weekend with a trip to Phoenix to enjoy a meal at a Chinese restaurant on Saturday, January 28th.