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The Spelman Community Celebrates the Year of the Dragon

It’s the Year of the Dragon! The Department of World Languages, the Asian Studies Program, and the Spelman Chinese Culture Club presented their annual celebration, "A Taste of World Cultures," on Feb. 13, 2024. In what proved to be a successful event, the Spelman community joined worldwide celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday by engaging in several cultural activities. 

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The Value of Experiencing New Cultures


“It’s really important for Spelman students to be exposed to other cultures. It’s part of being a global citizen to understand all cultures and join in the joy of celebrating people who don’t necessarily look like you. It was a big turnout for the Chinese club. I’m excited to see people getting out of their comfort zones and trying new things, such as making dumplings and learning calligraphy. It’s nice,” Nyla Rahman, the president of the Chinese Culture Club, said.

Students, faculty and staff were invited to participate in several activities. They engaged in a dumpling workshop where they learned how to make dumplings from scratch; experienced Chinese brush, calligraphy and painting instruction; enjoyed Chinese folk-dance performances; sang Chinese songs to embrace the culture through music; and cultural played games to win prizes and awards.

“It broadens students' mindsets and makes them aware of different cultures," Rahman, a senior international studies major from Washington, D.C., added. "They are more excited to learn about different people and new things, and they are less apprehensive about things they are unfamiliar with."

In the Chinese zodiac, 2024 is the Year of the Dragon. Each year also has a corresponding animal from the Chinese zodiac based on ancient Chinese mythology. Countries across Asia celebrate the new year in many ways and may follow a different zodiac.


Enriching Student Life

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It’s the Year of the Dragon, and the dragon symbolizes strength, wisdom and prosperity. This coming year is going to be great for everybody! Best wishes! We came here not only to celebrate the Lunar New Year but also to embrace world cultures. As future global leaders, knowledge of a global culture is critical,” Zhengbin “Richard” Lu Ph.D., associate professor of Chinese studies, said.

“The department organizes cultural activities every year. We aim to enrich students' campus life and enhance our student's awareness of global cultures. I am happy to see so many students here.”


Tips for a Lucky Year of the Wood Dragon

Chinese Lunar New Year is a 15-day festival. It begins with the new moon between January 21 - February 20, according to Western calendars. Festivities last until the following full moon.

The Lunar New Year is among the most important holidays in many Asian countries and the Asian diaspora. The holiday is sometimes called the Lunar New Year because the celebration dates follow the moon's phases. 

Here are some tips to have a good year of the Wood Dragon: Display dragon symbols, add wood elements, and wear the colors red and gold for good luck!