North Central College - Naperville, IL

Celebrate Chinese New Year Feb. 15

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Jan. 21, 2011—North Central College’s Chinese Club will host its annual Chinese New Year Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave., Naperville.

The free event celebrates the Year of the Rabbit and will start with the traditional Lion Dance and feature Chinese instruments and music, Chinese martial arts, games and authentic food.

North Central students who are part of the Chinese Club have been learning how to perform the Lion Dance, which, according to Chinese tradition, drives away evil spirits and brings good luck in the new year. During the festival, students will also engage visitors in a trivia game on Chinese culture, history and geography.

This year, Illinois Shaolin Kung Fu will give another exciting and audience-favorite performance, followed by a session on Qinna [pronounced Chin-nuh] self-defense, in which the audience can participate. During the sessions on Qinna and board-breaking, younger children and interested adults can explore culture stations on calligraphy, paper cutting, Chinese games and toys, and more. Chinese food, tea, candy and oranges will be available for purchase for $5/person.

The Chinese New Year Festival is sponsored by North Central College’s Chinese Club, interdisciplinary studies program and Cultural Events. For more information contact Adjunct Instructor of Chinese Annie Liu at 630-637-5263 or

North Central College offers a minor in Chinese language studies as part of its undergraduate academic program. Students learn to speak, read, write and understand Chinese, mastering the grammar as well as distinctive tones and characters of the language. Students can also choose to study abroad in one of the College’s five programs in China. For more information visit

Founded in 1861, North Central College is celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011. This event is one of many ongoing programs hosted at North Central to enrich and broaden the academic and cultural outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of cultural events, art exhibits, musical performances, lectures and theatrical productions, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).