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Roanoke College research group in Korean costume in front of the Blue House, the equivalent to the White House in Washington D.C. for Korea.

The Lunar New Year, a Chinese festival that celebrates the start of the new year on the traditional Chinese calendar, is celebrated by millions of Americans. On Thursday, February 7, Roanoke College will be hosting a celebration from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s Wortmann Ballroom.

Throughout the event, guests will have the opportunity to learn how to build crafts, participate in popular Korean songs, join in on a Chinese holiday feast and see some student presentations about their service abroad experience.

Everyone who attends will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a colorful Chinese calendar.

Twelve Chinese zodiac animals symbolize a variety of fortunes. A different animal is celebrated each year, and 2019 is the Year of the Pig, which represents wealth and prosperity. It starts on Tuesday, February 5, and ends on January 24, 2020.

“Just like Christmas in the United States, Lunar New Year is the day that the whole family and extended family will try to get together and…



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