Happy (Chinese) New Year

HOUGHTON – The Michigan Technological University Chinese Students and Scholars Association will host a celebration of Chinese New Year to usher in the Year of the Horse Saturday. Also known as Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is one of the most important events of the year in Chinese culture. It is traditionally a time spent with family and friends.

“(It is) tradition to have a reunion dinner with the family the eve before the New Year,” said Tao Tao, a student organizer.

Although the event is titled Chinese New Year, it is celebrated in many cultures with Chinese influence, Tao said. Beyond mainland China, countries and territories including Macau, Tawain, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines and Chinatowns throughout the world celebrate the event. Now the Copper Country can be added to the list.

The event will begin with a Chinese dinner cooked by members of the CCSA at the Memorial Union Building Commons. The menu includes pork with serrano pepper, tea-flavored boiled eggs and steamed dumplings.

Following dinner will be a performance at the Rozsa Center. There will be a play and both ancient and modern style dancing.

“We dance for elegance and inner tranquility that is deeply rooted in the Chinese culture,” said the CSSA in a Michigan Tech press release. “We dance for enthusiasm and passion as in the modern China. We also dance to express our wish for a family reunion at this very moment of time.”

In addition to the play and dance performances, The Board, a local band, will also perform.

Chinese New Year begins at 5 p.m. Saturday. Dinner will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. with performances immediately after in the Rozsa Center. Tickets are $10 for CSSA members and $15 for nonmembers. They are available through Tech’s Student Development Center ticket office.