Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit

Happy lunar new year! February 3, 2011 marks the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit according to the traditional Chinese calendar. BMCC is celebrating the changing of the year with food and friendship in the Multicultural lounge this Wednesday and Thursday. Click here to learn more.

Join in the festivities as BMCC celebrates the beginning of the Lunar New Year (Chinese-year of the rabbit) this Wednesday (New Year’s Eve) and Thursday (New Year’s Day). There will be a potluck (both days) in the Multicultural lounge, beginning at 11:00.  Please bring a food item to share.  Also celebrate your own culture through sharing a photo, dvd, or cultural object.

On Wednesday, Feb 2nd at 12:30, in P 132, Tom Bailor will present slides and talk about his recent trip to China. His talk will focus on the Sichuan Province including Cheng Du and KanDing and the former Tibetan State of Kham.  He will also show Photos of Beijing, the Forbidden City, China's Great Wall, and more.

Lunar New Year is an ancient tradition in many asian countries, with several days of celebrations that are alternatively somber, joyous, reflective, and raucous. Some of the traditions include:

"The Chinese calendar, with its origin believed to be 2953 B.C.E., is based on the longest unbroken chain of time measurement in mankind's memory." (From Credo Reference) While most Asian nations now use the western Gregorian calendar, this ancient time measurement device is still in use and is frequently invoked during holiday seasons. Many followers of astrology draw metaphorical meaning from the animal associated with a person's birth year. People born in a year of the rabbit, for example, are said to be:
  • Gracious
  • Good friends
  • Kind
  • Sensitive
  • Soft-spoken
  • Amiable
  • Elegant
  • Reserved
  • Cautious
  • Artistic
  • Thorough
  • Tender
  • Self-assured
  • Shy
  • Astute
  • Compassionate
  • Lucky
  • Flexible

Click here to learn more about the history and origins of the Chinese lunar calendar.