Lunar New Year

“The rain is actually maybe kind of appropriate for this Year of the Wood Dragon because [the rain] symbolizes vitality and abundance — the kind of vitality and abundance that will sprout forth after all this rain goes away and we get some sun again,” said Bill Maurer, the dean of the school of social sciences at UC Irvine, in his introductory remarks for the celebration. … In his remarks, UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman said the event was more than just a celebration of Lunar New Year. “It is a reflection of unity from the dynamic rhythms of UCI Hansori to the enchanting Gio Nam Lion Dance,” Gillman said. “Our celebration [is bringing] together age-old customs and contemporary expressions, bridging generations and cultures.”

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