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Students invited to celebrate an Asian tradition

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The Asian New Year Festival taking place tonight will give TCU students the opportunity to experience Asian culture.

The festival is a celebration of the Lunar New Year, which is the beginning of the year based on the Lunar calendar, Pauline Baculi, junior nursing major, said.

Kappa Lambda Delta and the Asian Student Association collaborate every year to celebrate the Lunar New Year with students, said Shea Santos, Kappa Lambda Delta member and president of the Asian Student Association.

“Lunar New Year is such a huge and festive celebration in eastern culture that we want to give TCU students a taste of it,” Santos, a sophomore biology major, said.

Santos said she wants students to experience Asian culture through the festival.

“I want everyone to walk away with a fresh experience,” she said.“Whether it’s tasting an unfamiliar dish or watching a lion dance for the first time, I hope people are open to try new things.”

The Asian New Year Festival is ASA's biggest event for the semester, Baculi, ASA's secretary, said.

There will be performers that will demonstrate lion dancing and martial arts, Vietnamese games, Asian food, origami, calligraphy, a ring toss game and a photo booth, Baculi said.

ASA is dedicated to promoting Asian cultural awareness in fun and active ways, according to the organization’s Orgsync page.

The Asian New Year Festival will be tonight from 7-9 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium, according to the event flyer.

The event is free and everyone is welcome to come, Baculi said.

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