By Isabella Cenatiempo
The Chinese Culture Center hosted a Chinese New Year gala on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 2-4 p.m. in Welte’s auditorium. This event was also sponsored by the East Asian Center at Central Connecticut State University and was a show full of music, fashion and theater.
This year, the Chinese New Year falls on Friday, Feb. 16. 2018 is the year of the dog. According to History, this holiday was “originally tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar” and “was a time to honor household and heavenly deities, as well as ancestors.” Additionally, History states that celebrations included family get-togethers, complete with feasting.
When the western calendar was adopted in China in 1912, the Chinese joined in celebrating January 1 as New Year’s Day. However, 20 percent of the world, including China, continues to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year, although in a shorter version with a new name: the Spring Festival. Significantly, younger generations of the Chinese population now observe the holiday in a very different manner from their ancestors, instead using the holiday as an opportunity to renew family ties to a chance for relaxation from work.
Moreover, Chinese New Year 2018 describes the occasion as a day for praying to gods and fighting off monsters. Fireworks are set off at night and children receive money in red envelopes. Dumplings and special wine and desserts are served, with dumplings being on the table every night.
Those who celebrate do not shower, sweep or throw out garbage. The tradition states that they grow a year older and that their zodiac—if not the one being celebrated—means bad luck. Singles can hire a fake partner to have for the festival.
The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people all over the world. CCSU is also working with The Confucius Institute to offer and provides a further knowledge of the Chinese language and culture.