back to news Feb. 4, 2020

Celebrating the beginning of the Lunar New Year

The Ohio State community celebrated the Lunar New Year with traditional East Asian dances, cuisine, music and more. The event was put together by the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures and National East Asian Languages Resource Center. Sponsors include the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, East Asian Studies Centers, Institute for Chinese Studies and the Chinese Flagship Program.

Rebecca Bias, assistant director of the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures, highlighted the importance of celebrating the cultural diversity found all over East Asia.

“This is the 14th year for this event here in Hagerty Hall,” Bias said. “One of the main purposes of the event is to highlight East Asian cultures, including their cuisine, dress and arts through demonstrations, dancers, musicians and food samplings. We treat this event as an opportunity do outreach to the Columbus community — about 50 percent of the attendance is from community members and their families."

East Asian student orchestra
Members of Ohio State’s Chinese Folk Music Orchestra play pipas, a four-stringed Chinese instrument, and xiaos, a vertical end-blown flute, during a performance at the 2020 Lunar New Year celebration.

Chinese tea ceremony
Ohio State's Ruth Lu demonstrates a traditional Chinese tea ceremony for guests.

Lunar new year celebration snacks
Community members had the opportunity to taste traditional Chinese tea eggs, pork, and vegetables dumplings provided by Taste of the Orient.

Lunar New Year celebration
Chinese calligraphy has served as an important art form in Chinese culture for centuries. The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers an introductory level class to all Ohio State students.

Lunar New Year music
Wu Zeyuan of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures performs "Three Repetitions of Plum Blossoms," on the traditional Chinese guzheng.

For more information on the Lunar New Year Celebration, you can watch the Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures' video below.