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CAG celebrates Lunar New Year

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

 Trinity College School’s Cultural Awareness Group (CAG) hosted events on Monday, January 23rd to celebrate Lunar New Year and the beginning of the “year of the dragon.”

Chinese New Year is now often called Lunar New Year to encompass other celebrations based on the lunisolar calendar such as Korean New Year and Vietnamese New Year, which fall on the same day. Also referred to as Spring Festival, this is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 is the year of the dragon. The mightiest of the signs, the dragon is characterized by energy and success, leading to predictions that 2012 will be a prosperous year.

To mark the occasion, CAG sold red envelopes decorated with the Chinese symbol for fortune and filled with chocolate gold coins. Students were able to add a personal message into the envelopes, which were hand-delivered to recipients on Monday. CAG faculty advisor Sam Clark noted that 218 envelopes were sold and a portion of the proceeds will go to a charity to be selected by CAG.

At lunch, students enjoyed a special Asian influenced meal including spring rolls, fried rice, egg fu yung and sesame chicken/tofu. There were also fortune cookies for dessert!

Many thanks to CAG members for hosting this special event and to Patrick McClean and the food services department and Laurie Caine for their assistance.

Kung hei fat choi! (Happy New Year!)


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