Don't be surprised! This isn't just a realization of the start of a new year which should have set in on Jan 1st 2009, but instead it was Lunar New Year on Monday, Jan 26th - the new year for most South-east asian countries. Today though, the lunar new year is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in most countries with large asian populations. The day is marked with fireworks, festivities, dragon dances and delicious food. The Asia club at Carleton too, like every year had big celebrations to bring in the new year. The Great Hall( that's where most of the events with dinner take place) was decorated in red and gold and was teeming with people in their brightly colored ethnic dresses. A group from the cities was asked to perform the dance with the dragons (see pictures) which was followed by several student performances including the Japanese martial art performance- Kendo.
While dinner was served, I couldn't help but think of how lucky I was for being able to spectate and partake in the traditions of so many different places and cultures- all this without having to physically transport myself anywhere. With a little imagination I could picture myself in the streets of China, Taiwan, Philippines where people in brightly colored clothes would be meeting and greeting others, passion and excitement overflowing from every nook and corner of the streets. It seemed like Carleton was a microcosm of the world, a melting point of all cultures that existed and cohabited in harmony.
So who needs to travel and see the world when the world comes to you? - says the girl who has the travel bug. Just to clarify, I think events like the one above serve to whet your appetite and make you hungry to see more of the world.
So more from me later- for those of you interested our broomball team is still undefeated after having played 4 games and we play our next on thursday!! (email now for season tickets-lol)