The fleeting sun dipped below the horizon, painting the sky with the hues of orange, scarlet, and a shred of crimson. As we approached the end of January, the coldest days of winter were in the past. In this perfect time and perfect weather, a gentle breeze signaled the arrival of Chinese Lunar New Year.
Lunar New Year normally takes place in January or February depending on the lunar calendar. The holiday honors household reunion and deceased spirits and holds a special place for Chinese people.
This year, Baylor students and faculty put on an exquisite banquet in the dining hall to celebrate this distinct cultural phenomenon. Decorating the dining hall with festival lanterns and jubilant knickknacks, Barry Yang '21, the president of Chinese Club and one of the main organizers of the event, hoped “to share the traditions with Baylor community and make the Chinese students on campus feel at home.” The celebration began with a variety of palatable cuisines, including dumplings, shredded pork, and fried shrimp, all of which were carefully prepared through the cooperation of Baylor faculties, parents, students, and cafeteria staff.
Following the feast was a brief yet engaging performance featuring I played a traditional Chinese instrument and folk songs sung by Charlotte Wang '20. In the heat of the celebration, the dining hall was filled with the aroma of savory dishes and the congenial atmosphere of families enjoying traditional Chinese food together. After a short break, bursts of fireworks from the lower fields catapulted towards the pitch-black sky. Spectators clustered around Harrison Hall with excited giggling and exuberant applause. As the flames exploded into a delightful display of vibrant colors, the banquet ended on a heightened note while the year of rat embraced us with boundless revel and hope.
In Chinese zodiac, the Rat is a sign of fortune and fertility. As we depart the previous year with misfortunes and calamities, there is immense hope that the year of rat will bring back peace and prosperity.