During the week of the Lunar New Year, a committee of OD1s, working with Marie Hill, executive assistant to President Scott, hosted the first Chinese New Year celebration at New England College of Optometry, NECO. The committee planned for several weeks before the event, deciding upon decorations, activities, presentations, and a special menu for the College’s on-site food service, Elena’s Cafe.
The Lunar New Year was celebrated from Monday, January 30 – Friday February 3, with special events planned for Tuesday, January 31, 2017. On Tuesday, activities included a presentation about traditions, a martial arts performance, a demonstration on how to use chopsticks, a session on origami paper folding for cranes and lilies, a tea tasting, and a special photobooth with props. At every activity, students picked up different Asian candies as a reward.
Jason Huang, Class of 2020, performed a martial arts routine while Caroline Bui, Class of 2020, demonstrated self defense techniques. There was also a presentation describing the history of the lion dance, the significance of oranges and the color red, and meaning of other Lunar New Year traditions. This Chinese New Year celebration was the first of its kind at NECO and has inspired other groups to start planning other cultural events for the student body to enjoy.