The fourth annual UConn Lunar New Year Celebration will be held on Feb. 28 in the Rome Ballroom to celebrate the 2015 Chinese New Year.
“A very important part of the Lunar New Year is being able to celebrate it with friends and family and I believe this will be the perfect opportunity for everyone to get together and have a good time,” Chinese Undergraduate Student Association (CUSA) Chief Organization Officer and 8th semester Accounting Major Tony Yu said.
Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) Chief Organization Officer and 6th semester Political Science Major Garrett Grothe agrees with Yu.
“My favorite part of the new year is what it represents. It’s a time for family and friends to look forward to a prosperous new year,” Grothe said.
Both the CUSA and VSA organized and planned the event, which is free to both students and non-students.
Representatives from Vietnamese and Chinese student groups from other universities, such as Baruch College and UMass Amherst, plan on attending the celebration, as well as members from the regional affiliated organization, the Intercollegiate Vietnamese Student Association, Grothe said. Many students choose to bring family and friends to the event as well.
“We try to incorporate as many cultural aspects of the Lunar New Year as possible,” Grothe said. “We do this by showcasing many of the traditional performances while at the same time providing the Lunar New Year atmosphere for students and their families, giving them an authentic experience.
The celebration will start at 6 p.m. and will offer traditional Chinese and Vietnamese dishes, including a full roast pig, steamed vegetable potstickers, chicken lo mein, rice, pork and fresh fruits.
There will be many performances, which include different types of Vietnamese and Chinese dances; the lion dance, Chinese opera, kung fu and tai chi demonstrations and a fashion show, showcasing traditional Vietnamese and Chinese attire.
“My favorite part of the celebration is the lion dance because it is a really interactive performance and gets the audience really excited as well,” Yu said. “Lion dances are traditionally performed during the Lunar New Year and are said to chase away ghosts and evil spirits to bring good luck into the new year.”