Happy Lunar New Year!

Today is the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year!

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The name of the holiday is based on the Chinese calendar being lunisolar which means the months coordinate to the cycles of the moon but the length is periodically adjusted to keep it relatively in sync with the solar year, which the United States follows. Because the Chinese are not the only ones who celebrate this holiday, the name Chinese New Year is interchangeable with Lunar New Year.

New Year festivities are a tradition for celebrating great ancestors, family, religion, and a surplus of abundance. Lunar New Year is celebrated through lantern festivities, fireworks, dancing, music, food, and relaxation. It is also traditional for windows and doors to be decorated with red paper-cut outs with themes of “good fortune”, “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.”

Check out this from the New Dragon Dance Performers as they dance in honor of the Lunar New Year!

Every year for the lunar calendar is marked by one of the 12 zodiacal animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. This year is the year of the sheep, but there has been some conflict over what the Chinese word yang translates into: ram, sheep, or goat. The ancient Chinese symbol meant goat; so, those in China more commonly use goat as this years animal. People in other Asian countries disagree. In Korea, the symbol more commonly means sheep. All three translations are technically correct. I guess it just depends of what animal you can find in your area.

Do you want to find out what animal coordinates with your birth year? Click Here

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Holi is Over… Now What?

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Are you still craving more color? Here are 5 ways to feed your Holi withdrawals:

1. Find a Holi celebration at another University
Keep an eye out for events at other Universities near you. They may be having their own Holi celebration as well!

2. Check out festivals around the US
“Festival of Colors” is celebrated around the US. Check out their upcoming schedule here!

3. Do a color run
Color runs are usually 5K fun runs that take place all over the country. There are many different companies that organize color runs, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one in your area! The Color Run, Run or DyeThe Color Vibe, and Color Me Rad, are a few you could look into.

4. Brush up on your Holi history
Learn more about the legends behind Holi: The Festival of Colors so you are more knowledgeable about what you are celebrating during next year’s festival!

5. Watch the highlights from Holi 2014

Take a look at the photos from Holi 2014 here.

 

We hope to see you all again next year, and don’t worry- we will have lots more color!

It’s Back: EIU Holi 2014!

Huh? What is Holi?

  • Traditional spring festival celebrated by Hindus, commonly known as the “Festival of Colors.”
  • Celebrated all over India and Nepal since ancient times, Holi welcomes the coming of spring.
  • In most of India, Holi is celebrated the day after the full moon in March each year.
  • Large bonfires are lit to ward off evil spirits on the eve of Holi.
  • The day of, people flock to the streets, armed with Gulal (colored powder). People of all ages and professions can be found splashing water and Gulal on friends, family, and passers-by.

Wanna go to Holi?

  • Holi will be celebrated on Friday, April 25th, from 12 – 2 pm on the Library Quad.
  • Free Gulal and plenty of water will be made available.
  • Music and a photo booth will be on site.
  • There will be free giveaways of sunglasses and sport towels, and we will be hosting a raffle.
  • Those participating are encouraged to wear a white t-shirt or other light-colored old clothing.
  • This event is FREE and everyone is encouraged to join in!

Can’t Get Enough?
Check out some of the highlights from last year’s Holi event at EIU.

Be on the lookout for more info to come! Follow along at #eiuholi