HOUGHTON -- Chinese New Year, celebrating the start of the Year of the Horse, is coming this weekend. Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the biggest and most significant event of the year in the Chinese community. One tradition is a New Year's Eve reunion dinner, when family members get together and enjoy the moment with the people they love.
This year, Michigan Tech's Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) invites the campus and community to celebrate Chinese New Year with them on Chinese Night, Saturday, Jan. 18. Dinner, featuring authentic Chinese dishes cooked by members of the CSSA -- including pork with serrano pepper, tea-flavored boiled eggs and steamed dumplings -- will be served at the Memorial Union Commons from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A performance in the Rozsa Center after the dinner will time-travel to ancient China with a play and dancing in ancient and modern styles.
"We dance for elegance and inner tranquility that is deeply rooted in the Chinese culture," says the CSSA. "We dance for enthusiasm and passion as in the modern China. We also dance to express our wish for a family reunion at this very moment of time."
A local band called The Board is Playing also will perform.
Tickets for Chinese Night, which include both the dinner and the performance, are $10 for CSSA members and $15 for nonmembers. They are available at the SDC ticket office. Call 487-2073. Click here to purchase tickets on line.