Chinese New Year is fast approaching. The lunar calendar resets this year on the January 31 and kicks off the fifteen day celebration of what most consider China’s biggest holiday.

Romanized as “The Spring Festival,” Chinese New Year has long been a time for people to adorn themselves in red, shoot fireworks and enjoy the festivities. All this and more is done to instill good fortune for the following year. And traditionally, to narrowly escape the murderous year demon that wants to put a damper on the fun.

There are a lot of students at UWA from Guangdong University of Finance, and the international house will be marking the occasion with an opportunity to get educated on the subject from the Chinese themselves. This is going down on February 4 starting at 6:00 p.m., and it’ll be catered by Livingston’s own China Dragon.

You’ve probably spent most of your life unaware that you need to fend off demons at the beginning of the lunar year. Frankly, I’m surprised you’ve made it this far in ignorance, but that’s no matter, because this year’s when you start making up for lost time. Get yourself a nice ruby colored hanfu to put on, start a bonfire with your roommate’s clothing and buy a dragon. You’ll be the belle of the Spring Festival in no time.

If you’re not invested enough to do any of that, though, you can always just hit up the International House for a little cultural learning on the fourth of February.  It comes recommended.

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