BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute
(UBCI), in partnership with the Chinese Club of Western New York
(CCWNY), will present an exciting Chinese New Year celebration,
full of color and music, on Jan. 28, 2:30-4:30 p.m., in the
Mainstage Theatre, UB Center for the Arts on the North Campus.
This popular celebration of the most important of the
traditional Chinese holidays is free and open to the public. It
will begin with the Chinese dragon dance and a martial arts
demonstration by students of Buffalo's Gold Summit Organization for
the Development of Eastern Culture, followed by lively music,
colorful dance and other performances by members of CCWNY.
Donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of the
dancers' costumes for this performance and to help support future
Following the performance, a dinner banquet featuring
traditional Chinese New Year's delicacies along with entertainment
will be held 6-9:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive,
Williamsville. Dinner tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for
children under six.
Tickets are limited and must be purchased on Jan. 7 or Jan 21,
between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the main office of Williamsville
North High School, site of the Chinese Language School, 1595
Hopkins Road, Williamsville.
"We are excited to be collaborating with the Chinese Club for
this festive celebration," said Eric Yang, PhD, executive director
of the UB Confucius Institute. "Our two organizations share the
goal of increasing understanding about China in Western New
Ken Hu, president of CCWNY concurs: "CCWNY, the largest ethnic
Chinese American organization in the region, has been leading the
local Chinese community in various cultural activities and
festivals for more than a decade," he said. "The Chinese New Year
celebration is one of our major annual events and we are very
excited to partner with UB's Confucius Institute because it helps
elevate the annual performance to a whole new level and involves
the Mainstage at UB."
This is the second collaboration involving the two groups and
both Hu and Yang say they hope to establish a long-term
Yang explains that 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 where families gather for their annual reunion dinner. This
year, the Spring Festival falls on January 23 and launches the year
of the Dragon, one reason the celebration opens with the dragon
Chinese New Year is celebrated throughout Asia and among Chinese
Diaspora populations elsewhere and has influenced the New Year
celebrations of China's geographic neighbors.
During the celebration of the new year, 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-cutouts and poetic couplets
featuring popular themes of happiness, wealth and longevity.
On the eve of Chinese New Year, 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
The UB Confucius Institute is part of a network of 300 such
institutes around the world. It promotes the teaching of Chinese
language and culture in Western New York. The institute is a
collaborative program involving UB's Asian Studies Program in the
UB College of Arts and Sciences; Capital Normal University, a
longstanding UB educational partner in Beijing, 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.
For more information about the Confucius Institute and the
festival celebration, contact Eric Yang at (716) 645-7919 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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