Lunar New Year Celebration shines bright on campus

By Jing Ye

East Los Angeles College will host the Lunar New Year Fair to celebrate the arrival of the Wood Dragon on February 28.

Jeremy Allred, a professor in the Geography department, is the organizer of this annual tradition.

He has overseen the Lunar New Year celebrations for the past 12 years with dedication and passion, ensuring its growth and continuity.

Allred said the essence of the celebration is twofold.

“It’s about fostering cultural awareness campus. Many local students may not be familiar with the Lunar New Year customs and traditions.This event offers them a glimpse into its rich

cultural aspect.

“Secondly, our college family celebrates this event for our students who are

unable to celebrate with their families because they are away from home,”Allred said.

Associated Student Union has sponsored this event for over a decade, offering a diverse range of activities and experiences.

An information booth will enlighten visitors on the auspicious practices associated with the New Year.

The highlights of the day will be lion dances and martial arts performances starting at noon.

“No Lunar New Year Celebration is complete without the customary red pockets filled with ld

lucky coins. These pockets symbolize good fortune and prosperity.

“In honor of the Year of the Dragon, we’ll be giving plush dragon toys as prizes,” said Allred.

The festivities extend beyond mere entertainment.

Attendees will have the opportunity to indulge in authentic Yunnan and Vietnamese coffee provided free of charge.

Attendees can have their English names translated into Chinese and elegantly inscribed on lucky red paper, adding a personalized touch to the celebration.

Allred said there will be food booths hosted by students from China and various other countries.

From savory delicacies to sweet treats, there will be something to tantalize every palate.

In addition to tasty food, there will be traditional games like Mahjong and Bingo, which offer hands-on experiences for students eager to immerse themselves in different cultures.

Allred said he wants to emphasize the unwavering support of both ASU and the college administration, particularly President Dr. Ramon, in promoting such cultural initiatives.

Allred described ELAC’s commitment to building a diverse and inclusive campus community.

“This year, we’re proud to announce a lineup of cultural events, including a Burmese festival in April, a Brazilian festival in May, and an international food festival in November,” Allred said.

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