Save the date for Tuesday, Jan 31. PCC’s Lunar New Year celebration will be taking place from 12-1pm. The event will be held in the quad and hosted by PCC Professor Cathy Wei and educational advisor Cathy Chen.
“This event has been at PCC for 4 years. Every year has different things based on resources. We started planning this at the beginning of December. At the 2022 festival, everyone had masks. We once even had an online Chinese New Year celebration,” Wei says when discussing PCCs history with Lunar New Year.
The activities at this event consist of shuttlecock, a game which consists of kicking a “feather ball” around a circle using the feet or knees, a calligraphy writing demonstration, paper crafting, and traditional performances.
According to China Highlights the lion dance is one of the most important traditions of Chinese New Year. It is performed to bring prosperity and good luck for the upcoming year.
“2 people will be in the lion. The lion dance is 20 minutes with traditional Chinese dance music,” Wei said. “The lion will throw oranges and oranges represent luck. 4-5 people will be in the dragon during the traditional dragon dance.” Wei said.
The dragon dance has a long history with the tradition of Chinese New Year. In ancient times, when there was no rain for a long time, people prayed for rain with a dragon dance, and dragon dances after planting were also a way to pray against insect attacks. Nowadays, dragon dances are performed during festive occasions as a means to chase away evil spirits and welcome people to prosperous times.
China Highlights states a red envelope is a gift of money inserted into an ornate red pocket of paper. The color red symbolizes energy, happiness, and good luck in Chinese culture. Traditional red envelopes are often decorated with beautiful Chinese calligraphy and symbols. Wrapping lucky money in red envelopes is expected to bestow more happiness and blessings on the receivers.
“We can’t give out real money for the red envelopes so we will give out chocolate candy coins. We will have a dumpling food truck and we hope the hot food will attract students. The dumplings also represent money,” Chen, educational advisor says when discussing the Lunar New Year event.
Professor Chen was born and raised in Taiwan and has been celebrating Lunar New Year her whole life. However, Wei was born in China but grew up in the United States. She feels as though her celebrations of Lunar New Year have gotten bigger since she came to the US.
“We have about 30 students helping. We hope that students will be more interested in the culture after this event. We want to see more varieties of Lunar New Year like how Koreans celebrate it, and how the Vietnamese celebrate it,” Chen and Wei say when discussing their goal for this event. “We hope to open the students’ minds about culture and showcase the student body’s culture.”
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