The Lunar New Year is celebrated in a variety of cultures throughout Asia. It is known by most in the United States as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival.
The festival is marked by a variety of legends and traditions. The Chinese have historically believed that a New Year's Ghost named Nian, which means year, would come through villages and farms destroying people, crops, and farm animals. Chinese villagers quickly realized that this ghost was afraid of fire and so the color red was important. They began posting red signs and lanterns around the doors to scare the Nian away.
Traditional foods include dumplings and fish.
The office of international services will host an open house to celebrate the Lunar New Year Thursday, Feb. 10, in the international student lounge (Des Peres Hall, Rm. 108) from noon to 3 p.m.
A seafood buffet with salmon, shrimp, scallops and sushi, along with chicken satay, roasted vegetables, hot tea and cake will be served.
We will make the traditional red signs called Dui Lian.
Everyone is welcome to stop in and celebrate.
International Student Lounge
Des Peres Hall, Room 108