This week, a quarter of the worldâ€™s population is preparing to celebrate the Year of the Pig with feasts, gift-giving, and good wishes. Lunar New Yearâ€”the longest and among the most important celebrations in Asiaâ€”begins on February 5 and ends February 19 when the moon is full.
Syracuse University students, faculty, and staff are invited to a special cultural event on Friday, February 1 at 5:15 p.m. in Slocum Hall to celebrate the upcoming New Year. International students at Syracuse Architecture are organizing the event in collaboration with Dean Michael Speaks.
â€śWeâ€™re excited to be hosting our second annual Lunar New Year celebration,â€ť says Vittoria Buccina, assistant dean for enrollment management. â€śOur planning committee is working with faculty and students to make this yearâ€™s event informative and participatory.â€ť
The Slocum Hall atrium will be transformed into a festival-like atmosphere where students can take a break from the pressures of studio life and engage in activities such as calligraphy, zodiac study, and paper cutting. A variety of dishes will be served including dumplings, spring rolls, fried rice, chocolate coins and traditional candies. A series of short presentations about East Asian culture and architecture, featuring School of Architecture faculty, is also planned.
â€śArchitecture is an international industry, and I believe the presentations will provide a unique opportunity for the students, faculty, and staff to listen and learn about East Asian culture and architecture,â€ť says Chengcheng (Tony) Li â€™22, one of the student organizers. â€śIt will also be a great chance for the school to enrich the diverse and multi-cultural architecture community.â€ť
Syracuse Architecture has a very diverse population: faculty, staff, and students come from all over the globe, many from Asia. With more than 46 countries represented in both undergraduate and graduate programs, the schoolâ€™s student population is more than 35 percent international.
â€śAs a large and important community in the school and on campus, this event is a great opportunity for us students to introduce and demonstrate our culture and traditions,â€ť says Xiangtong (Cathy) Wu â€™21.
The Lunar New Year party provides students who would normally celebrate New Year at home an opportunity to celebrate in Slocum Hall with other students, faculty, and staff.
â€śHaving the Lunar New Year event here at Slocum is a unique opportunity to celebrate it with our friends here in the United States,â€ť says Fang Shu â€™19. â€śParticipating makes me feel like I am contributing a little piece to the cultural diversity that we cherish here in the School.â€ť