Last Friday Feb. 15, the Asian Students Association and the Chinese Club hosted their annual Chinese New Year Celebration. Stern Center Gardens was strung with lights, filled with music, and inhabited by dragons, break-dancers, swordsman and martial artists.
Leni Phan and the rest of her crew have worked tirelessly since the beginning of the semester to ring in the Year of the Snake in a big way. Chinese Club and Asian Students Association achieved something special, and anyone who missed out missed out in a big way.
The night was clear and cold but the warm lights in the garden offered welcome to the College’s students from all different walks and creeds. The crowd started clustering around the steps well before the events kick-off. Attention was first ceased by a demonstration from the College’s Karate Club. Katas were performed and the crowd got a crash course in self defense.
After the martial arts demonstration, the covers came off the buffet and students flocked towards the delicious Asian cuisine provided by Aramark. As students ate they were entertained with sword swingers, dancing dragons, break dancers, and grooving music. Students capped off the evening with a Harlem Shake performance.
The Chinese New Year is designed to promote prosperity, good fortune, longevity and happiness. It is a time to reflect upon your past accomplishments, look forward to the future and give thanks to those who came before you.
This years event proved to be a thrilling time, and next year’s celebration promises to be just as spectacular. It would be a shame to miss it two years in a row. Mark your calendars now, only 364 days to go.