Lunar New Year Celebration at Gustavus Posted on February 5th, 2007 by

Gustavus Adolphus College’s International Cultures Club (ICC) will host a Lunar New Year Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 in Alumni Hall, located in O.J. Johnson Student Union. This cultural and educational celebration highlights the ceremonial symbolism and tradition of the Lunar New Year. This year, 4704—4705, is the year of the Fire Pig. The event will include speeches, music, performances, costumes, food, and cultural displays.

Lunar New Year is celebrated annually in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and elsewhere. It is the most important and meaningful spiritual festival for people in these countries. As a celebration of the change of nature, it marks the transition from winter to spring.

During this reunion time, family members show their faith and respect to ancestors and older people, people express love and care for friends and relatives, they show forgiveness to one another, and, most of all, relax and celebrate after a year of hard work.

The mission of ICC is to encourage an appreciation of cultural diversity and international awareness by sponsoring events such as the Gustavus International Festival, Tea Around the World, and Sushi Night.

This celebration is free and open to the public. For additional information on the program, contact Nhung Le, secretary of ICC, at (507) 933-8501 or


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Luc Hatlestad


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