Celebrating Chinese New Year at RAU
RAU students and lecturers celebrated the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year at RAU Chinese Language and Culture Center.
Chinese New Year never occurs on a fixed date. It is celebrated on the first day of the Chinese lunar-solar calendar. This year, the Chinese New Year fell on February 5, the whole holday season will last up to February 19, which is the day of the Lantern Festival. According to Chinese zodiac, 2019 is a Year of the Pig.
The event gathered enthusiasts and fans of the Chinese culture from Armenia and abroad, including alumni, exchange students and staff from China. Together, they learned about the festival's traditions, solved Chinese riddles and cut traditional ornaments.
For the Chinese, New Year is the grandest holiday and it is the longest one, too: the celebrations go on for fifteen days.
According to Ms. Naira Grigoryan, Head of RAU Chinese Language and Culture Center, the Spring Festival is a time for family reunions. During the fifteen-day long holiday, the Chinese gather with their families to catch up, cook and share a festive meal. The holiday culminates on the 15th day of celebrations - the Lantern Festival.
Before the holiday, the Chinese do a thorough year-end cleaning, which is believed to drive the old things or the bad luck away from the house and get ready for a new start. Another cherished tradition is to put Chun Lian, Spring Festival Couplets, a pair of vertical lines of poetry or wishes, on the doorframe. They must also have a horizontal line for balance. The event participants completed it, as well, the couplets are now on the doorframe of RAU Chinese Language and Culture Center.