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Lantern Festival in Chicago

Posted on: February 20th, 2012 by Jia Lu

The Lantern Festival is a festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar. There are many different beliefs about the origin of the Lantern Festival. However, it is likely to have had something to do with celebrating and cultivating positive relationships between people, families, nature and the higher beings that were believed to be responsible for bringing or returning the light each year. On that day, most of Chinese will eat Yuanxiao (sometime we call it “sweet dumpling”) with their family.

This year is quite special for me because I celebrated this festival with hundreds of students in Chicago. DePaul University, Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology University, University of Chicago, Roosevelt University and University of Illinois in Chicago jointly organized “Chinese Lantern Festival Gala” on the 11th of Feb. More than five hundred people gathered together and enjoyed a visual feast. I was very honor to be a volunteer on that night and did my best to make the gala successful.

Students from seven universities in Chicago performed different kinds of programs, such as classic music, pop music, drama performance and poetry reading. Loyola University Chicago was not invited for the celebration in the last year, since the organizer thought there were few Chinese students in the university. But this year, Loyolans did a good job. Everyone praised Loyolans, and we won applause with our endeavor.

(Mongolia dance-Angle Yu, Loyola)

(Pop Music-Yanni Wang, Longdi Zhao, Loyola)

(Band-Guangyi Zhang, Jun Xu, Ke Xu, and Jing Ma, Loyola)

Also here is a video from Shuang Su, Loyola.

http://bbs.chineseofchicago.com/showtopic-5945.aspx

You can watch all the videos on the next link for the whole gala as well:

http://www.chineseofchicago.com/Content.aspx?nid=2761

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