Dancing in a New Year

Lee Family Association's Lion Dance team performs at Pacific University on Feb. 20, 2013.

Feb. 21, 2013

Pacific University students ring in the Chinese, or Lunar, New Year with dancers from Portland.

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Gong Xi Fa Cai to all, as the Lunar New Year rings in the Year of the Snake.

The Lee Family Association’s Lion Dance team from Portland visited Pacific University on Wednesday, bringing costumed dancers and music to celebrate this major holiday celebrated widely in Asia.

The University Center was adorned with red lanterns, dragon décor and calligraphy on red ribbons. Students gathered in the Fireside Lounge to watch — and those grabbing dinner got a free show — as the “lions” roamed the UC to the bang of drums and clang of cymbals. Later, students were invited to participate in paper cutting and calligraphy drawing activities.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated over a 15-day period that begins with the lunar new year and ends with the lantern festival on Day 15. This year, deemed the Year of the Snake by the Chinese zodiac, New Year was celebrated on Feb. 10.