Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrations

2019 - The Year of the Pig!

On Thursday, January 31, Notre Dame celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year with delicious food, bubble tea, games, and music.

Check out the photos and the fun games we played:

Chinese Regular Script

Chinese Regular Script is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Regular script came into being between the Eastern Hàn and Cáo Wèi dynasties. Its first known master was Zhōng Yáo, who lived in the E. Hàn tố Cáo Wèi period. He is known as the "father of regular script".

William Zhai ‘21 began learning how to write Chinese Script in elementary school and even competed in Script Competitions in China.

Can You Use Chopsticks?

Chopsticks are kitchen/eating utensils that are shaped pairs of equal-length sticks that have been used in virtually all of East Asia. Chopsticks are smoothed, frequently tapered, and are commonly made of bamboo, plastic, wood, or stainless steel.

Chopsticks are held in the dominant hand, between the thumb and fingers, and used to pick up pieces of food.

Play at home!

Let’s see what you can do with chopsticks!

Rules: Get two bowls, and fill one with beads. See how many beads you can transfer to the empty bowl in 60 seconds!

Who Is The SPY?


  • Each person is given an index card with a word on it. There is only one card that has a slightly different word among all the cards (all the other cards have the same words).

  • Everyone takes turns and says a word or phrase to describe their word but they can’t say the exact word on the card.

  • The most fun part of this game is that you don’t know whether you are the spy or not, so you have to determine what your identity is through other people’s description.

  • If you are the spy, one strategy is to confuse the others and make them believe that you are their teammate

  • After all the players describe their cards, they should point out a man who they think is the spy and tell others why. The person who gets the most votes will be out.

  • The game continues until the spy is found.

  • Lastly, if two people are left alive including spy, the spy wins.

Musical Chairs

Musical chairs is a game where a number of chairs are arranged in a circle, facing outward. The number of chairs will be one less than the number of players. The players will walk around the chairs in a circle while music plays. When the music stops, each player attempts to sit down in one of the chairs. The player who is left without a chair is eliminated from the game. One chair is then removed to ensure that there will always be one fewer chair than players. The music resumes and the cycle repeats until there is only one player left in the game. The last person left is the winner!

Can You Catch My Balloon?

This is a game derived from “Running Man”(a reality show of Korea). Attach three balloons on each player’s leg (either left or right). Whoever is the first to catch or destroy the three balloons is the winner.

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