Eberly Students Help Celebrate Chinese New Year

Posted on 2/11/2011 4:10:55 PM

Chinese exchange students at the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology (ECOBIT) participated in the campuswide Spring Festival Celebration on Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

Chinese New Year
Min-Ju Tsai, Lauren Young, Qian Fang and Yi-Ying Cheng (left to right), IUP students, at the Chinese New Year celebration.

The South Western University of Finance and Economics Exchange Students Program (SWUFE-ESA) at ECOBIT, the Chinese Student Association, and the Malaysian Student Association cosponsored the event, held in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room at IUP to celebrate the 2011 Chinese New Year.

More than 250 IUP students and faculty joined the Chinese students to play games, watch videos, eat Chinese food, and watch dances performed by some of IUP’s Chinese student population.

The New Year is China’s most important holiday and is celebrated throughout Asian countries. People traditionally mark the fifteen-day-long festival by spending time with family and giving good luck gifts, said Mengge Pu, a junior Finance major and SWUFE-ESA president. The celebration at IUP allows Chinese exchange students to celebrate together while they are away from home.

“As most of our Chinese students who study abroad cannot celebrate this holiday with their parents and relatives,” Pu said, “our board members think it is necessary to hold such an event where our students can gather and celebrate it like a big family.”

Attending international event on campus like this one also allows IUP students to discover foreign cultures, said Lauren Young, a senior Marketing major.

“This year I participated in Chinese New Year with my Taiwanese conversation club partner, which allowed me to better understand a significant part of her culture on a much more personal level," Young said.

The 2011 Chinese New Year, the year of the rabbit, officially began February 2 and will continue through February 17, according to Chinatravel.com. The festival is determined by the Chinese lunar calendar, beginning with the first new moon of the year and ending with the full moon on the fifteenth day, according to TheHolidaySpot.com.