FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mr. Ansel Lurio
Confucius Institute at Pace University
Year of the Dragon Lunar New Year Celebration to be Held at Pace University’s Student Union, Sunday, February 5
Event co-hosted by the Confucius Institute at Pace University, New York City Council Members Margaret Chin and Peter Koo, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at Pace University, and the New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS).
Celebration will feature a traditional lion dance, music, dancing, fortune-telling, standup comedy, dumplings, and much more.
NEW YORK, NY, February 2, 2012 — To mark the year of the dragon, the Confucius Institute at Pace University, in conjunction with the school’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association, New York City Council members Margaret Chin and Peter Koo, and the New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS), will host the second annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, February 5, from 2-4 PM, at the Eddie Layton Student Union at One Pace Plaza on the New York City campus.
Pace students will be playing a large part in the event, as members of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association will be singing Chinese pop songs, playing instrumental music, and performing standup comedy. In a return performance from last year, the Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club will once again kick off the festivities with a traditional lion dance. Other scheduled entertainment includes Tai Chi Chuan and a Tai Chi Sword Demonstration with Master Sitan Chen and dances performed by the New York Gee How Oak Tin Association’s Women Committee and the Korean Community Service of Greater NY (KCS).
One of the highlights of the evening will be a live performance of the Peking Opera “The Jade Bracelet,” a tale of a young girl’s first love, by the New York Chinese Opera Society. NYCOS has performed at Pace the last three years as part of the University’s annual Winter Cultural Exchange Festival.
Attending VIP’s will include Pace University President, Stephen Friedman; Interim Provost, Dr. Harriet Feldman; Dean of Dyson College, Dr. Nira Herrmann; New York City Council members; student leaders from Pace and other schools; and representatives from the Chinatown community.
In addition to the performances there will be a raffle, with the grand prize being a Kindle E-Reader. Dumplings and other food and drink will be served and there will be fortune-telling and games.
About the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon
The Lunar New Year is celebrated by people from China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and other Asian countries and territories. It usually lasts 16 days, from Lunar New Year’s Eve to January 15th on the lunar calendar, known as the Lantern Festival. Once upon a time, according to tales and legends, the start of Lunar New Year celebration began with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian. On the first day of Lunar New Year when the beast came, ancient Chinese villagers would scare this beast away by wearing red and lighting firecrackers. They would also prepare lots of food since they believed the Nian beast would eat the food instead of attacking them. That is how the celebration came about. Today, Nian is equivalent to the world “year” in Mandarin. This year will be the Year of the Dragon, considered the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac. The Dragon is a symbol of power, ambition, generosity, confidence, self-sufficiency and good luck.
About the Confucius Institute at Pace University
Strategically located at the financial, civic, and cultural center of Manhattan, The Confucius Institute at Pace University is the first university-based institute of its kind in New York City. Founded in partnership with Nanjing Normal University and China’s Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, Pace’s Confucius Institute integrates pedagogical, scholarly, and professional expertise to promote the learning of Chinese language and culture and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding between people in the United States and China.
About the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)
PACE CSSA serves Chinese students, scholars, alumni and other interested members of the Pace community. It is dedicated to promoting social, intellectual and cultural activities, and building a friendship and academic exchange among its members. PACE CSSA provides a variety of services to members, including propagating Chinese culture, providing an information platform, and guiding members in school life and career, especially those who are new to Pace University.
The New York Chinese Opera Society is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers, opera admirers, trained artists, and musicians. Chinese Opera is an important and integral part of Chinese heritage. Through the efforts of NYCOS, Chinese Opera, with its distinct style of music, singing, instrumentation and staging, can be preserved and enhanced. NYCOS aims to cultivate interest in Chinese Opera by expanding awareness of the general public to this unique art form. By doing so, the grandeur of Chinese culture can be preserved, enriching the cultural diversity of American society.
For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu
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