Year of the Monkey

Chinese New Year Greetings!

Year of the Monkey

Chinese New Year is an important holiday celebrated widely across Asia at the turn of the lunar calendar.

In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, which is the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. New Year celebrations traditionally run from New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the lunar calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar.

Traditions and significant items include giving red envelopes with money, eating certain food such as jiaozi (dumplings), fish, and longevity noodles, and giving tangerines/mandarin oranges.

Dear Friends,

Please join us in the celebration of the Year of the Monkey, which begins on February 8, 2016 and is Year 4713 according to the Chinese calendar! Throughout the month of February, the Confucius Institute at UC Davis presents a series of fun, exciting events. The two biggest events are open to the public free of charge:

1. February 18, Thursday, 5:00-8:00 pm, at International House, 10 College Park, Davis: a full program of performances, paper cutting, lantern making, tea tasting, and a variety of yummy dim sum and snacks!

The event is free but registration is requested.

2. February 19, Friday, 7:00-9:00 pm, at Veterans' Memorial Center Theater, 203 E. 14th Street, Davis: a grand show featuring Hunan Provincial Song and Dance Theater from China, a full program of singing, dancing, acrobatics; tickets on sale NOW Or, email

As we usher in the Chinese New Year, let's remember that Monkey is intelligent, confident, independent, playful, friendly, and sociable. May we all enjoy these qualities in ourselves and the people around us.

Michelle Yeh
Director, Confucius Institute at UC Davis