|Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Held 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year Temple Fair|
On January 27th, 2019, as Chicago’s streets lied prey to sheets of ice and snow and a high of 12 degrees Fahrenheit, the corridors of IIT were warming by the friendly festival fires of a Chinese New Year Temple Fair. Joyous laughter and giggly chatter, wafting smells of Chinese culinary delights, and the buzzing bustle of holiday activities gave rise to a rich holiday atmosphere that welcomed not only IIT Chinese students and their families, but also American students from IIT and Chinese students from neighboring universities. Around 250 people attended the event.
Counsellor Chen Yinghui and Consul Liu Jiaming were also invited to attend the event and celebrate the holidays with the students. In her remarks to the event’s participants, Counsellor Chen Yinghui expressed that to you students who have crossed oceans to come study abroad, the motherland sends her New Year blessings and hopes, upon the completion of your studies, that you bring the knowledge and skills you have attained back to your country. While abroad, the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago is your home; the Consulate General is committed to providing any service and assistance necessary to allow all Chinese international students across the Midwest to enjoy a safe and successful study abroad experience. She gave special thanks to the members of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) for squeezing time out of their busy schedules to bring this event to fruition, not only bringing familial comfort and New Year fortune to our Chinese classmates, but also giving our American classmates an intimate sense of the profound beauty of traditional Chinese culture.
CSSA packed the event with an array of interactive games and activities that filled the air with festival fun and frenzy—students inked out calligraphic versions of Chinese character “Fu” (fortune), guessed lantern riddles, composed couplets, played a game similar to Pictionary and a ring toss game, and challenged each other’s chopstick-wielding techniques with ping pong balls.