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CNC Celebrates Chinese New Year

The College of New Caledonia’s (CNC) Prince George campus is welcoming the Year of the Dog at CNC International Education’s 8th annual Chinese New Year Celebration Feb. 9, 2018.

The celebration, which holds great importance in Chinse culture, revolves around the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, according to CNC International Student Engagement Coordinator Miley Yang. The dog, which is the 11th position in the Chinese Zodiac, represents loyalty and honestly while also being amiable, kind, cautious and prudent. “So many different cultures make up what it means to be Canadian,” Yang said. “This celebration reminds us of that Chinese culture is an important part of our multicultural country.”

CNC’s Chinese New Year event will feature a buffet of both western and traditional Chinese dishes provided by China Taste Restaurant. The entertainment, including modern and traditional Chinese dance as well as a rap performance to name a few, will be performed by CNC students throughout the evening, Yang said.

Chinese New Year has also opened the door for students to gain event organizing experience, she said. The entire event, from planning and booking all the way to promotion and ticket sales, has been conducted by a team of 12 international student leaders.

Yang said the community is encouraged to join CNC for the celebrations as Chinese New Year traditionally marks a time to share with family and friends. “It brings people together,” she said.

CNC’s Chinese New Year celebration takes place at 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 483 Gillett Street. Tickets are $28 for adults and $15 for children 12 or younger and can be purchased CNC International Education or CNC Students’ Union. Those interested in attending are encouraged to buy tickets early. “Every year it’s a sell out,” Yang said.

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