BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute,
in partnership with the Chinese Club of Western New York (CCWNY),
will present a Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 5 from 3-6 p.m.
in the Mainstage Theatre, Center for the Arts, UB North Campus.
The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will
feature lively music, colorful dance and other performances by
members of the CCWNY.
Following the performance, a dinner will be held at Imperial
Buffet, 2122 George Urban Blvd., near the intersection of Dick
Road, Depew. The restaurant was formerly China Town Buffet.
The dinner, which will feature traditional Chinese New Year
delicacies and entertainment, will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue
until midnight. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance and
prices range from $8 to $22. For further information on ticket
purchase, visit http://www.cc-wny.org.
"Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, is the most
important of the traditional Chinese holidays," says Kristin
Stapleton, PhD, director of both the Confucius Institute and the UB
Asian Studies Program and associate professor of history at UB.
"We are excited to be collaborating with the Chinese Club for
this festive celebration," she says, "since our two organizations
share the goal of increasing understanding about China in Western
CCWNY President Lixin Zhang, MD, PhD, medical director of DENT
Dizziness and Balance Center at DENT Neurologic Institute, says,
"The CCWNY has been established for more than 30 years in Western
New York and has about 400 member families. Its tradition is to
celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival every Chinese lunar year with
live performances featuring our own members. This year, for the
first time, with help from the UB Confucius Institute, we are able
to bring the celebration to UB's Mainstage Theatre."
The Chinese Spring Festival traditionally begins on the first
day of the first month in the Chinese lunar calendar and ends with
the Lantern Festival on the 15th day. The last day before the New
Year begins -- Chinese New Year's Eve -- is a day on which families
gather for their annual reunion dinner.
Wenzhong (Eric) Yang, PhD, executive director of the UB
Confucius Institute, says, "Chinese New Year is celebrated in the
People's Republic of China, Taiwan and other Asian countries with
significant Chinese populations, including Indonesia, Malaysia,
Singapore and Vietnam, as well as among Chinese Diaspora
populations elsewhere. The holiday also has influenced the New Year
celebrations of China's geographic neighbors.
"During the celebration of the new year," he says, "people spend
considerable sums of money on presents, decorations, food and
clothing. Traditionally, every family thoroughly cleans their house
to sweep away any ill-fortune and make way for good luck. Windows
and doors are decorated with red paper-cuts and couplets (pairs of
lines poetry), featuring popular themes of happiness, wealth and
"On the eve of Chinese New Year," Yang says, "families celebrate
with a feast and end the night with fireworks. Early the next
morning, children greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and
happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The
Chinese believe that the new year is an important time to reconcile
differences, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and
happiness for everyone."
The UB Confucius Institute is a collaborative program involving
the Asian Studies Program in the UB College of Arts and Sciences;
Capital Normal University, Beijing, a longstanding UB educational
partner, and Hanban, the executive body of the Chinese Language
Council International, a non-governmental and non-profit
organization affiliated with China's Ministry of Education.
The institute is part of a network of 300 such institutes around
the world that promote the teaching of Chinese language and
culture. For more information about the Confucius Institute and the
festival celebration, contact Eric Yang at 716-645-7919 or email@example.com.