On Feburary 2, 2017, the Asian American Student Association (AASA) hosted their annual Chinese New Year Celebration. The Chinese New Year is a traditional Asian holiday that marks the beginning of a new year based on the lunar calendar. Therefore, the exact date of the Chinese New Year changes each year. This year it was on January 28th. Since it was on a Saturday, AASA decided to host the celebration the week after. The Chinese calendar cycles through every 12 years and each year is represented by an animal; 2017 is the year of the rooster.
There was a huge turnout to this event and the room was packed. The evening began with Chinese food and a dragon dance by fellow students. Attendees could obtain tickets at different activity stations such as a dragon boat race and making a paper lantern to try to win prizes. Throughout the night, there were different performances such as martial arts and dancing. The guest of the night was DANakaDAN who is a Korean YouTube star. I sadly had to leave the event early due to a personal emergency involving ammonium hydroxide.