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chinese new year listerThe Chinese New Year dawns on Friday, January 31, and UT’s Confucius Institute will celebrate with a series of events beginning that day.

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. This will be the year of the horse.

The Confucius Institute’s events include:

  • Chinese New Year Celebration, 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, on the second floor of Hodges Library. Those attending will be able to browse posters on display, enjoy traditional Chinese performances, and receive free gifts. The event is free and open to the public.
  • East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, in Cox Auditorium in Alumni Memorial Building. Tickets are $5 to $10 and can be purchased on the event’s website.
  • An Oriental Monsoon from Hangzhou Normal University, a gala stage show, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, in the University Center Auditorium. The show is free and open to the public.

Public parking is available at the Volunteer Hall garage, located at 1545 White Avenue.

For more information about the Confucius Institute, visit the website.

The Confucius Institute was established with the support of Hanban in Beijing, China, and Southeast University in Nanjing, China. The institute offers Chinese programs both on and off campus. The institute’s mission is to enhance the learning of Chinese language and culture in the region by offering Chinese language and cultural classes, holding events and activities, and providing services to the UT and local community.

C O N T A C T :

Wenting Pi (865-974-5753,