2009-01-22 / News

Celebrate year of the ox at URI

The University of Rhode Island will celebrate the Chinese New Year on Sunday, Feb. 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium, 64 Upper College Rd., at the Kingston campus. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

The Chinese New Year of the Ox, also called the Spring Festival, officially arrives Monday, Jan. 26. URI's celebration, organized and sponsored by the Confucius Institute, is free and open to the public. A donation of $5 per adult is encouraged to support the institute. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. However, individuals may secure a seat in advance by purchasing a $1 raffle ticket at the Confucius Institute in the URI library.

URI's celebration, supported by URI's music department, will feature music and dance performances, calligraphy, and martial arts. It will also include a retrospective of China-related 2008 events at URI.

Door prizes include $20 coupons from the Chinese Mini Market, $25 travel coupons from ACBE Exchange, hand-made quilts, beautifully framed photographs of China, Confucius Institute T-shirts, and many other Chinese items. Drawings will begin at the celebration and continue throughout the month.

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