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Thanks to students’ efforts on Jan. 20, Niagara College hosted a party to celebrate the 2012 Lunar Chinese New Year.
About 120 students and faculty members gathered in The Core, at the Welland campus, for a three-hour celebration.
Each Chinese year represents an animal; this is the year of the dragon.
The dragon is traditionally the symbol of the Chinese emperor, representing supreme spiritual power. It also symbolizes celestial and terrestrial power, as well as wisdom and strength.
The New Year’s celebration had a traditional Chinese dinner menu, Sichuan cuisine and decorations. It was a bilingual affair, but the main dialect used was Chinese.
During the celebration there were various performances and interactive games such as musical chairs and charades. There were also male and female solo performances from students in Chinese, which everyone in the crowd enjoyed.
Ryan Cheng said, “They sang songs in Chinese, which was my favourite part, as well as the accordion solo.” The solo was a favourite of most of those attending.
Maya Eremeeva, a student from Russia who performed the solo, said, “It’s pretty cool. It was a new experience. I’ve never done anything like this before. It’s been a pleasure to do something for the school, and everyone was so friendly. I played for the Christmas party. Then Joy Jia saw me and asked me if I wanted to play for the Chinese New Year and I said, ‘Sure, why not?’”
One of the main organizers of the night was Jia.
“As a back-up organizer, I gave them directions, but it was organized by the students. We gave gifts to each person that participated in the games or activities during the celebration. We had eight performances tonight, some in Chinese, Korean and English. We’re trying to invite as many cultures to participate and celebrate with us, but I guess the advertisement isn’t going out as much as we would like. We posted it on Blackboard, trying to recruit every, but one foreign volunteer signed up.”
Jia also elaborated on the dragon year saying, “Most people born in the dragon year are natural leaders, and out of all 12 animals, the dragon is the best.”