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Chinese New Year inside the Forbidden City
February 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year is unquestionably the most important festival celebrated in China, some Asian countries and overseas Chinese communities. As old as the Chinese civilization dating back about 4000 years, the tradition comes in a multitude of forms and customs observed by both the common people throughout history and the royal families in imperial times alike. In conjunction with the North American Alumni Association of Jiangsu Normal University and the Hong Maple Foundation of Canada, the Renwen Society is presenting a lecture on February 27 by Dr. Yang Yuan on the festive Chinese New Year celebrations during at the Qing court, the last imperial dynasty of China (1644-1911). The speaker will provide for the audience an all-encompassing description of the royal celebrations within the walls of the Forbidden City with all the attending fanfare and trappings. The lecture will be illustrated by historical photos and records.