PC will be lucky

College's Confucius Institute harkens the Year of Monkey - in lucky red
Studying Chinese has opened a whole new world for me." -- Elizabeth Campbell

Members of the Chinese Club at Presbyterian College presented traditional greetings Tuesday night during the Confucius Institute's celebration of the Chinese New Year. The Chinese Club presented a poem, calligraphy, a horn solo and slide show explaining the Year of Monkey. Red is the lucky color for this Chinese New Year.

The program included an introduction by Dr. David Liu, opening remarks by Dr. Roy Campbell, introduction by Professor Yin Pan, presentation by the Chinese Club, introduction by Dr. Peggy Prescott, and New Year's Greeting by Elizabeth Campbell, an 8-year-old 3rd grader at Midlands STEM Institute in Fairfield County, who has been studying Chinese for 6 months.

"Studying Chinese has opened a whole new world for me," Campbell said.

Also, there were video greetings from D56 and 55, and Thornwell kindergarten classes taking Chinese through the Confucius Institute and PC students studying in China, and blessings by Dr. Bob Bryant, followed by a dinner. The event was held on campus, at the Harper Arts Center.

Celebration of the Chinese New Year dated from the legend of Nian, a child-eating beast threatening a village. The villagers found the color red warded of the beast, so they festooned the beast's lair with red paper and fired fire crackers. The beast never returned to the village, so red became a symbol of good luck and joy, and gifts are given during the celebration in red envelopes.

During the celebration, days are set aside for cleaning, shopping (the busiest of the celebration), gifting and visiting neighbors and family, and eating. Tangerines and mandarin oranges are given as gifts in observance of the Chinese New Year. The celebration, which goes from January 21 to February 20, is based on the lunar calendar and is observed in countries throughout the world.




The Confucius Institute at PC has partnered for the study of Chinese language and culture with Thornwell kindergarten, School Districts 56 & 55, Clinton Middle, Laurens Middle (after-school arts program), schools in Spartanburg, Simpsonville and Greenville, Midlands STEM Institute in Fairfield County, and Clinton and Laurens District High Schools to offer dual enrollment in Chinese language.

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