The Laramie High School International Club hosted a Chinese New Year festival on Feb. 6 that was designed to teach kids more about other cultures, as well as have fun and celebrate them.

 

“We are bringing in different types of food, and having many cultural activities such as dancing, types of Chinese art, and decorative items that you can make,” Senior Kit Ng, President of the International Club said.

 

The Chinese New Year Festival is one of many festivals that the club puts on and is also one of their biggest. The International Club is not limited to a single cultures holidays, but puts on many different celebrations for many different cultures. They have festivals for Cinco De Mayo and also help with a Japanese Festival that is put on in the fall. The Chinese New Year was on Feb. 5 and the Chinese New Year festival was held on Feb. 6, during The Intervention and Enrichment block at the high school. The festival was held in Nicholas DeFrank’s room and Camino’s room, which are right next to each other in the language hallway. DeFrank and Camino are the two teacher sponsors of the International Club. Ng who is also the class president for the LHS Class of 2019, is from Malaysia and speaks Chinese as his first language. Something that will be new at this years Chinese New Years festival is an opportunity to learn some words and phrases in Chinese.

 

“There are Chinese phrases that the Chinese Association and myself can teach to the students attending the festival. It is a part of learning new culture,” Ng said.

 

This year is the second year that the International Club has hosted this event.

 

“Last year was the first year we had the festival and it was a really good experience so we are going to continue having it for our second year and try to keep it going for years to come,” Ng said.

 

The Chinese New Year is celebrated to mark the end of one year and the beginning of a new year on the Traditional Chinese Calendar. The Chinese Calendar goes through a twelve year cycle that has 12 different animals that correlate to each of the years. 2019 is the year of the pig.

The Pig in Ancient Chinese Zodiac represents carefree fun, good fortune, and wealth.

 

The Chinese New Year does not line up with the calendar that we use in the United States, The Gregorian Calendar, because the Chinese Traditional Calendar is in line with the cycles of the moon, while ours, the Gregorian Calendar, is not.

 

The Laramie High School International Club is a club that promotes learning and experiencing different and diverse cultures from around the world. They put on many different kinds of events throughout the year and meet once a week. The Chinese New Year Festival is one of many festivals that the club puts on and is also one of their biggest. The International Club is not limited to a single cultures holidays, but puts on many different celebrations for many different cultures.