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Wake Forest to host 9th annual Chinese New Year Festival


January 31, 2008

The ninth annual Chinese New Year Festival at Wake Forest University will celebrate the “Year of the Rat” from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 in Reynolds Gym, Room 201.  The event is free and open to the public.

The festival celebrates the most important holiday for the Chinese and is a popular family event that has drawn more than 2,000 attendees.  It features demonstrations, performances and hands-on activities that highlight various aspects of Chinese culture. 

Among the activities this year, participants can create clay or paper rats, have their names translated into Chinese, have their pictures taken while wearing a traditional Chinese costume (for a small fee), play with traditional Chinese toys and learn to use chopsticks.  

From 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., special performances will be held, including folk dances, martial arts, musical performances, a mock traditional Chinese wedding, and the traditional Lion Dance, which the Chinese believe brings good luck.

Authentic Chinese cuisine will also be available for a small charge. 

Wake Forest’s festival was initiated in 2000 by Cristina Yu, a Wake Forest librarian.  It is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Asian Student Interest Association and Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Winston-Salem Chinese American Association.

The Chinese New Year Festival is funded by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Wake Forest’s student activity fee. 

The 2008 Chinese New Year officially starts with the first new moon of the New Year Feb. 7 and ends on the full moon 15 days later on Feb. 22.

For more information about the festival, call 336-758-5675. 

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Wake Forest will celebrate "Year of the Rat" at annual Chinese New Year Festival Feb. 16.
Wake Forest will celebrate "Year of the Rat" at annual Chinese New Year Festival Feb. 16.
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