New Year's celebrations at NYU Shanghai
Updated: 2017-02-21

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NYU Shanghai students show off their paper-cutting works during the school's traditional Chinese Lunar New Year and the Lantern Festival celebrations on Feb 15. [Photo from WeChat account NYUSHU-CHIN]

The New York University Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) held a series of Chinese Lunar New Year and the Lantern Festival celebrations on Feb 15.

Apart from traditional activities, such as practicing calligraphy and paper-cutting window decorations, the 160 participating students also wore some lovely chicken-shaped ornaments to commemorate the Year of the Rooster.

Lantern riddles, created by university instructors, tested the students' Chinese proficiency, as well what they had learned last semester.

The students were also quite interested in bagua (the Eight Trigrams), a typical Chinese method of fortune telling. "This is just amazing, and I want to further dig into its history," said Amy Ernst, a freshman from the US.

The twisting Yangko folk dance, a traditional dance popular in North China's rural areas, was another highlight of the celebrations which brought a different and unique experience for the students to enjoy.

"This is my first time trying a traditional Chinese dance, and I found it similar to Arabic dancing," shared Mexican freshman Andrea Gispert excitedly. "I enjoyed it very much, and I look forward to more activities in the future".

The celebrations have long been a school tradition. This year's event boasted a wider scale participation and offered more opportunities for students to learn about Chinese culture.
 

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