WWU celebrates the Year of the Dragon

This is the Year of the Dragon in Chinese
culture, and William Woods University students recently celebrated by making
dragons and masks.

The Chinese New Year is the longest
and most important festivity of the year for the Chinese. It lasts for 15 days
and in China it is
known as “Spring Festival”
because it marks
the end of winter.
Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and
territories with significant Chinese populations, such as mainland China, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
and in Chinatowns
around the world.
Tammy Carter, director of
multicultural affairs, told the students, “One of the traditions is for every
family member to thoroughly clean the house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make
way for good incoming
The students colored a dragon
and attached it to a streamer and individually wrapped Twizzlers. They also colored a mask, another
representation of the new year.
While the students worked, Carter
went on to say, “Like Americans,
the Chinese also have a zodiac calendar. However, unlike Americans, who base their symbols on
birth months, the
Chinese base their zodiac
symbols on the birth year.”
There are 12
symbols: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig
and Dragon. Each symbol is
observed every 12 years.
Carter asked the students which year they
were born in, and
explained that just as with the American zodiac
calendar, each animal has
a description of what people born
under that sign are like.
A person born in the Year of
the Dragon is said to be magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured,
proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate,
decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous and loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant,
imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous and
If you wish to know more about your
Chinese sign and what it means, go to: wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_zodiac.  For information about your compatibility, go
to: www.west-meet-east.com/horcom.htm
Boudreau, a senior elementary education major from Jefferson City, Mo., colors her dragon.

Brown, a sophomore from Alameda, Calif., contemplates what colors to use for her dragon.

Carter, director of multicultural affairs, shows some of the completed dragons.