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Chinese New Year at Saint Mary's 2008

By the Chinese Calendar 2008 is the Year of the Rat, which is also known by its former name of Wu Zhi.  Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is also an important holiday in East Asia. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th, also called the Lantern festival. Chinese New Year's Eve is known as Chúxi, Chu literally means "change" and xi means "Eve".


New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving.  It is a traditional practice for adults to give children little red envelopes--hong bao in Mandarin or lai-see in Cantonese--filled with money in order to symbolize wealth and prosperity for the coming year. It is also common for elders to bestow red packets to unmarried members of the family. It is a sign of respect to bow three times in order to accept the hong bao. Envelopes are not to be opened until the recipient has left the home of the giver.

This year Saint Mary's celebrated Chinese New Year with a special "China Night Program".  Our special guests included two professors from Creighton University, Dr. Jinmei Yuan, Creighton University China Program Director and Professor of Philosophy, and Dr. Maorong Jiang, Creighton University Asian World Center Director and Professor of Political Science.  As part of the program, Dr. Yuan read from her short story Phoenix Tree 2.

For more information on the China Summer Study Program at Saint Mary's contact Dr. Marcia Rickard, Professor of Art and visit the China Summer Study Program web site.


Center for Women's InterCultural Leadership; Office of Multicultural Affairs; Pacific Asian Islander Club; Around the World Club; Student Diversity Board


Special Thanks to:

Susan Yang Kiang, Dale Xu, Barry Bowles, Saint Mary’s Sodeko Food Service, Dance Department, Office of Special Events, Facilities Department, Information Technology, Cushwa-Leighton Library, Security, Granger Chinese Dance Company, South Bend Chinese Language School,  Notre Dame Chinese Friendship Association, Lisa International Company, Grand Empire International Buffet 

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