UM-Dearborn Brings in Chinese New Year

By MARIA KANSO, News Editor

A large audience filled Kochoff Hall on Sunday as students celebrated the Chinese New year of 2017 through various performances on stage.

This year, the Chinese New Year was on Jan. 28. It is the Year of the Rooster, which ends on Feb. 15 of next year.

Each of the Chinese 12 zodiac blocks last a year instead of a month. Some years of the Rooster include 1909, 1969, 1993, 1969, 1981 and 2005.

Next year will mark the Year of the Dog followed by the Year of the Pig in 2019.

The Year of the Rooster is known to be one of the unluckiest in a person’s life, according to Chinese traditions.

People born in this year are also known to be honest, handsome, ambitious, energetic and intelligent.

Most students who performed on Sunday were from University of Michigan-Dearborn, but some came from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus.

The event was organized by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, which hosts it annually.

There were various singing performances in addition to Chinese traditional cross talk, dancing, Chinese traditional instrument playing, magic tricks and sandbox painting.

“Not only us but many other CSSA groups will organize this kind of celebration to celebrate this traditional festival, which is the most important and popular one in China,” said the president of CSSA at U of M-Dearborn, Zhengqin Wang.

He also noted that the Chinese New Year festival “really means a lot to Chinese Students, especially those students who study abroad.”

The 17 separate performances this year took one month of preparation, including practices, promotions and direct group selecting.

This annual event on campus reaps huge and increasing attendance every year. This year, 400 people were present.

Wang hopes to host their event off-campus in the future in order to accommodate larger audiences and broaden the event’s promotion.

The New Year Festival in China includes different cultural activities, such as dragon dances, lion dances and ancestor worships.

Every year, people celebrate new year in China by hanging up red decorations. Red lanterns are also hung in streets.