International Students visit Chinese Lantern Festival

International Students visit Chinese Lantern Festival

By: Susan Etheridge, Program Coordinator

On January 10, NRCA and New Oasis staff, 40 students, including 34 international students and 6 culture club members, enjoyed an activity to celebrate the Chinese New Year season. Chinese New Year (also called Lunar New Year or Spring Festival) is the most important holiday in China. Similar to Christmas in America, the Chinese traditionally celebrate this holiday with lights, decorations, festivals, family events, and several days off from work. Since our international students are far from home and not able to celebrate with their families, we like to provide opportunities for them to celebrate here with their friends.  The evening began with delicious dinner at a favorite authentic Chinese restaurant, Szechuan Taste in Cary, followed by a visit to MILKLAB for flavored teas and their amazing rolled ice cream. Finally, the group attended the beautiful Chinese Lantern Festival, an annual event that transforms the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary into a magnificent display of lights, lanterns, and cultural aerobic and artistic performances to light up and celebrate the holiday season. Our students loved the warm weather, delicious food, and of course, the fun time with their friends. After two years of this being a successful event, we hope to make it a tradition that will continue for years to come.