* Confucius Institute at Purdue

January 15, 2009

Chinese New Year's celebration honors the Year of the Ox

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Confucius Institute at Purdue University is celebrating the Chinese New Year on Jan. 23.

The celebration, which is free and open to the public, is 2-4 p.m. at the Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118. The event will feature Chinese food, music and calligraphy.

The day of the Chinese New Year is celebrated in January or February based on a lunar calendar, and the year also is marked by one of 12 animals. This year, which begins Jan. 26, celebrates the ox. The ox represents characteristics of fortitude, hard work, patience, dependability and leadership, says Wei Hong, professor and director of the Chinese Language program and Purdue's Confucius Institute.

The Confucius Institute at Purdue is a collaboration among the colleges of Liberal Arts, Engineering and the Krannert School of Management, as well as Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China. Two-hundred and fifty Confucius institutes worldwide are sponsored by the Chinese Language Council International to develop relationships and understanding between countries.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723,

Source: Wei Hong, (765) 494-3859,

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