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Dragons, dancing, music and more at AUM/CAAC Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival Celebration

Monday, January 23, 2017

Auburn Montgomery/Montgomery, Ala. (Jan. 18, 2016) — Auburn University at Montgomery’s annual Chinese Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival Celebration will take place Feb. 11, and guests can enjoy Chinese culture, food and entertainment. The celebration, hosted by AUM’s Confucius Institute in partnership with the Central Alabama Association of Chinese (CAAC), will feature numerous performances of traditional Chinese arts followed by a dinner.

DATE: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017

TIME: 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Alcazar Shrine Temple, 555 Eastern Blvd., Montgomery, AL 36117

ADMISSION: Non-CAAC member, $12; CAAC member, $8; students with ID, $8; children ages 3 to 10, $5; Children under 3, free.

A dinner featuring traditional Chinese New Year delicacies will follow this year’s celebration performance. Before dinner, performers from AUMCI and CAAC as well as from other partners will treat the audience to lively music and colorful dancing, including youth and adult dragon dancing. Among the highlights will be a performance on the guzheng (the traditional Chinese plucked zither) by Qing Li, an award-winning professional Chinese musician who is currently a visiting professor at Auburn University, and Chinese folk dances by Janice Yang, who holds a master’s degree in Chinese folk dance.

“Chinese Lunar New Year, also called the Spring Festival, is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays,” says Dr. Eric Yang, dean of the AUM Confucius Institute and director of East Asia Initiatives. “It is the most anticipated celebration of the year in China. We are excited to be collaborating again with the CAAC for this festive celebration since our two organizations share the goal of increasing understanding about China in Alabama.”

The Chinese Spring Festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese lunar calendar and ends with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day.  The last day before the New Year begins, Chinese New Year’s Eve, is a day when families gather for their annual reunion dinner. This year, the Spring Festival falls on Jan. 28 and launches the year of Rooster, while the Lantern Festival falls on Feb. 11 and marks the end of the New Year celebration.

To attend, RSVP by Feb. 6, 2017, to or 334-244-3012 for registration and ticket information.

About Auburn University at Montgomery 

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About AUM’s Confucius Institute

The AUM Confucius Institute is part of a network of over 500 such institutes around the world.  AUMCI is a non-profit, non-governmental, and non-political institute that is dedicated to promoting the teaching of Chinese language and culture in AUM and local communities, facilitating a mutual understanding and exchanging between Chinese and Americans, and fostering a better understanding of contemporary China.

Please RSVP to purchase a ticket by Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at, or contact Ms. Joyce Chen at 334-244-3012. No tickets on site. Seats are limited and based on first come, first served. Seating is limited, so purchase your ticket today.

For more information about the Confucius Institute and the festival celebration, please visit, or contact Dr. Eric Yang at 334-244-3955, or