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​On February 19, 2019, the Confucius Institute at California State University, Long Beach held an annual Lunar New Year celebration at the newly completed Convention Center in the new building on campus for the College of Professional and International Education (CPIE).

The Lunar New Year celebration is one of the most important activities of Confucius Institute every year. This year's event coincided with another traditional Chinese holiday, the Lantern Festival. Teachers hung various lanterns on the conference center, and on the windows, Chinese characters were drawn for “Fu Chun Xi,” which means happiness and good wishes. On the entrance, there were also written poetry verses related to the spring festival. Symbols of the Year of the Pig could be seen everywhere, with a red Chinese knot divided into the four sides of the stage.

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The celebration started with drums played to welcome the arrival of spring, followed by a performance on the traditional guzheng instrument. Dr. Jeet Joshee, CPIE Dean and Associate Vice President of International Education and Global Engagement, gave a welcome speech that included a comedic analysis of personality traits associated with people born in the Year of the Pig.

Mr. Cao Qian, the education consul of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles, gave a speech and remarked on the work of the Confucius Institute. Confucius Institute students then sung traditional songs for those in attendance. As usual, this year’s event also had some surprises in store, as CI prepared a variety of gifts for lucky winners of a raffle drawing. A highlight of the event also included the art of face-changing, and the festivities ended with the lovely song “Gong Xi Gong Xi,” as sung by the Confucius Institute team.

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The CI team devoted a lot of effort to the successful event, along with help from CPIE colleagues. Overall, a warm and enthusiastic journey through Chinese culture was enjoyed by all.

Click here to view more photos from the 2019 Chinese New Year celebration.

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