Chinese Spring Festival Gala to be celebrated at St. Lawrence University in Canton
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 8:58 am

 CANTON -- Students from China currently studying at St. Lawrence University will host a Chinese Spring Festival Gala in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in Eben Holden and will include performances of traditional and modern Chinese music and dancing.

“We are excited about the opportunity to support the Chinese Spring Festival,” said Joseph Tolliver, vice president and dean for student life. “The festival is educational, social, multigenerational and finally, just plain fun.”

According to St. Lawrence’s Chinese Student Union members, Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday in China.

The Chinese New Year took place Jan. 31, which began the Year of the Horse. In Chinese tradition, people born in the Year of the Horse are believed to be hard working, responsible, optimistic and generous.

“This is a celebration of the cultural diversity of our campus and a great expression of the energy and creativity of our students,” said Karl Schonberg, associate dean for intercultural studies. “It has quickly become a favorite event for our entire campus community and is well on its way to becoming a cherished St. Lawrence tradition.”

At the gala event, there also will be a performance of the erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument, as well as traditional food and games, raffles and prizes.

For information call Helen Huang at 229-5991.