Chinese New Year celebration set at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Troy — Troy University will celebrate the Chinese New Year with its Chinese Student Association and the community Jan. 24.

The eighth-annual event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with the entertainment portion held in the Trojan Center Theater, followed by a dinner in the Trojan Center Ballroom.

“Our New Year celebration is a time for families to come together,” said Jiachen Duan, a freshman Chinese student at Troy. “This is China’s biggest celebration.”

This year’s entertainment will include a variety of traditional and contemporary performances including vocal musical interludes and performances on traditional Chinese instruments (erhu, hulusi, and a guzheng). Traditional Chinese dance as well as “hip-hop” dancing will also be performed followed by a fashion show displaying reproductions from the Qing Dynasty, which ruled China from 1644 until 1917. Among the entertainment will be an appearance by the dragon and lion, which will ring in the “Year of the Ox.”

“We are proud to have so many talented Chinese students,” said Debbie Davis, advisor to the association. “This festival allows the students to showcase their all of their wonderful gifts.”

The menu will include various meat and vegetable dishes including the Chinese traditional dishes of dumplings and rice cakes.

General admission is $15 and $10 for students. Advanced ticket orders are encouraged. For tickets, contact Debbie Davis at 334-670-5965 or visit Pace Hall room 126. For more information, contact the association via email at csa@troy.edu