Chinese Spring Festival celebrates New Year

A colorful night of performances took place in Stewart Hall’s Ritsche Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 13 in celebration of the Chinese New Year which actually took place on Feb. 8.  St. Cloud State University’s Chinese students kicked off the evening with refreshments and a drawing before the program started.  A brief awards ceremony honoring student and faculty achievements headlined the affair.

Hosted by the SCSU Confucius Institute, the event showcased the Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center, who performing several Chinese dances including The Lion Dance, Jasmine Flower, and the Dragon Dance, among others.  Their traditional costume designs with beautiful head dressings, scarves, and fans charmed audience members.

Onlookers were treated to a musical number called“Evening Song from a Fishing Boat” played on an ancient Asian instrument called the Guzheng. Afterwards, several members of the Chinese Student and Scholars Association sang “I Love You China” which is the Chinese equivalent to “America the Beautiful.”

The program ended on a special note as stage members were joined by elementary students from Sauk Rapids.  Together they all sang “Happy New Year” in Chinese.  These elementary students have been studying the Chinese language in class.   Their eagerness to display their talents made for a heartwarming end to the evening as many of their relatives were in the audience to cheer them on.

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