TROY—Students at Troy University will ring in the Year of the Rabbit on Feb. 11 with the Chinese Students and Scholars Association’s annual Chinese New Year Celebration.
This year’s celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus.
The celebration, organized with the University’s International Programs Office, provides an opportunity to experience Chinese culture during its most significant holiday.
“It’s the biggest event of the year,” said Bill Zhong, the student association’s advisor. “It’s pretty much like Christmas in western cultures. “It’s a time when families get together and spend time together. They eat, drink and celebrate.”
This year’s celebration will include traditional food and entertainment provided by students, Zhong said. Past celebrations have included musical and dance performances, as well as martial arts demonstrations and fashion shows.
Zhong said that having the celebration on campus is important for the University’s Chinese students. More than 300 students from China are currently enrolled on the Troy Campus, making it the University’s largest international student contingent.
“Some of these students are thousands of miles, perhaps tens of thousands of miles, away from home. A festivity like this will basically bring people together and bring a memory of home.”
Zhong said the celebration has also helped to bring American and Chinese cultures closer together.
“I believe that it has been a bridge in between Chinese culture and the western, American culture,” he said. “We’ve seen in the past that a lot of American students have joined us in this celebration and we hope this continues.”
Tickets for the event are $10 for students and $15 for non-students and are available through Association members or at the University’s International Programs Office, 116 Pace Hall. For additional information, contact Maria Frigge. 334-808-6146.