Year of the Tiger Lunar New Year Festival – The Keystone Newspaper

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By Nichole Schleihauf
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Shang Chi FunkoPops at the Lunar Year Celebration
Credit: Victoria Fischer

On February 15, the day of the Lantern Festival in China, the Chinese University Students’ Association, the International Student Organization and the Multicultural Center teamed up to hold a Lunar New Year festival. The event included traditional Chinese games, a calligraphy table, bubble tea, Kahoot cultural trivia, and a screening of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

By far the most popular attraction was the bubble tea. Multiple tea flavors including chai, matcha and passion fruit were provided, with a choice of milk and sweetness.

Bubble tea, or boba, has grown in popularity over the past few years. The drink is made with tea, fluffy tapioca “bubbles” and sometimes different types of milk. Although bubble tea originated in Taiwan, it can be found in several cafes around the world.

One of the games played was called “Gourd, Crab, Shrimp, Fish”, which is usually played during New Year festivities. In this game, players bet on which side the dice will land on and then three dice are launched. however many match the player’s bet is the multiple of how much money they win. On the faces of the dice were a fish, a shrimp, a crab, a rooster, a gourd and a deer, not the usual one through six.

Chinese calligraphy was also a featured activity. A skilled calligrapher used genuine rice paper and a xuan brush to effectively create illustrative text. Many participants were curious to see what their name looked like, but the artist was able to make art from any word.

To end, the event ended with a new Marvel movie, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”. The film was immensely praised upon its debut as it was the first superhero film to feature an Asian lead role.

Upcoming multicultural events include the Ujima Conference, hosted primarily by the Multicultural Center, which will also include many co-sponsored events. This is a celebration of black culture that will involve discussion, appreciation and education about the impact of black culture in the world.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Tagged as: Arts & Entertainment, Festival, Golden Bears, KU, Kutztown, Kutztown University, Lunar, New, PASSHE, Year, Year of Tiger

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