Chinese New Year Celebration
Traditional Chinese Performances
Join us for a wonderful celebration of Chinese New Year on the Penn State Harrisburg campus. Local artisans and college students will present a variety of performances such as the Lion Dance, a poetry recital, Chinese classic dances, folk songs, skits, and a Chinese martial arts demonstration!
Chinese New Year is an annual celebration marking the start of the new year according to the lunar calendar. It falls in the month of January or February, and each lunar new year is represented by one of the 12 creatures of the Chinese zodiac – 2013 is the year of the snake.
Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival on the fifteenth day.
Chinese New Year is celebrated in China and in territories and countries with significant Chinese populations, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the Lunar New Year celebrations of its geographic neighbors like Vietnam and Korea. Chinese New Year is also celebrated in a myriad of cities with Chinese communities in many countries around the world.