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College Holds Chinese New Year Celebration

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College employees and students celebrated the Chinese New Year Jan. 30 with a program in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.

The event was sponsored by the newly-formed PCC Chinese Culture Society and featured Chinese food, music, paper cutting and folk dancing in addition to a calligraphy demonstration and tea ceremony.

Dr. Dan Mayo, Dean of PCC’s Public Service and Fine Arts Division, helped organize the celebration. He said the event was part of the PCC Chinese Culture Society’s goal of connecting the campus with Chinese language, culture, history and arts.

"Hosting the Chinese New Year seemed the perfect opportunity to expose students, faculty and staff to some of the rich and exciting traditions of the Chinese New Year celebration," said Mayo, who has played a key role in fostering a partnership between PCC and China’s Wuxi Institute of Technology.

"With all of the interest in China and Chinese culture, we thought this would be a good year to celebrate the ‘Year of the Dragon’ at PCC," he added.

The Chinese New Year, which began at midnight on Jan. 23, is the most important of Chinese holidays. It is celebrated by more than 1.3 billion people in China and by millions of ethnic Chinese around the world. The celebration lasts for 15 days and culminates with the Lantern Festival.