E+E's Asian American Culture invites you to come celebrate the Lunar New Year in the SAC Ballroom on Thursday, January 30! Join us for cultural activities, student performances, free sweet and savory treats, games and prizes.
The Year of the Horse represents one year in a cycle of 12 years, and is joined by the Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, and Snake. In Chinese astrology the animal signs assigned by year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself. The animals assigned by year are not the only signs that represent an individual. In fact, there are also animal signs assigned by month, by day and hours.
There are many stories on how the zodiac originated. Essentially, the zodiac is a way of recording time. It has evolved in its meaning and been adopted by a number of Asian cultures, who count the beginning of the New Year as a major holiday. It is often a time for families to gather, pay respects to their ancestors, and encourage good fortune and a prosperous year.