Maranatha Joins in Celebrating Chinese New Year with Our International Students

The annual Chinese New Year is known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, and this year the Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 16.
Maranatha will join our fellow students from China in celebrating the Chinese New Year in a couple different ways. First, Maranatha’s international students from China will explain what Chinese New Year is to their Mentor Group, and share the traditional “red envelope” with our faculty, staff, and students. Inside each of these “red envelopes” is a $1.00 voucher to the Minuteman Cafe. Also, our international students are invited to a special celebration over lunch that will consist of traditional Chinese food and their own talent show, which is one of the highlights of the year for our students from Asian countries.

The Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration of the year in China, with families often traveling to visit relatives in other parts of the country, sharing good food and time together, and giving children red envelopes with money inside. Each Chinese New Year is represented by a zodiac animal on the lunar-solar Chinese calendar, and for 2018 it is the Year of the Dog, which symbolizes loyalty and honesty.