by Brandon Loo
ChinaBlue's newest event celebrates the
end of the Chinese New Year with Lantern Festival!
Held in SAC Ballroom A on March 1st, this festival involved food, games and performances.
Traditionally, this is a festival where people light up lanterns and set them afloat
to rise towards the heavens. In addition, people solve riddles, eat food with family and friends, and spend the night
watching lanterns from all around illuminate the sky.
Rather than lanterns outside on a cold,
bitter night, there was a lantern photo 'booth' instead and everyone got
to make paper lanterns. There was food and performances throughout the
night for all to enjoy. Those who performed included:
The Stony Brook Pipettes
Stony Brook Breakdancers
Taqrim Sayed and Yikmunn Ong
Jeff and Adi
These performances were complemented with food at the cost of $5 ticket. Food was delivered all the way from Flushing. Guests had the choice of dumplings, tong yuan, lo mein noodles, and steamed buns. For drinks there was a wide assortment of Vitasoy beverages including chrysanthemum tea, lemon tea, ceylon tea, and black soy milk.
Entertainment wise, there were also crafts tables and games for everybody to enjoy. People could braid their own red bracelets with Chinese coins, create their own paper
lanterns, and even solve riddles for prizes.
One of the games featured
was a fortune lotto game, where participants picked up a colored
chopstick from a box of other chopsticks. These colors foretold the
amount of luck the participant would receive for the year as well as a
1. Black meant bad luck and no prize.
2. Blue meant regular luck and the prize was candy.
3. Green meant good luck for a fan.
4. Red meant great luck and a
5. Gold meant the best luck and you
got either a plush panda plush or a set of ceramic lucky cats.
It was a great night
- brought to the campus by the crew in the top photo - the ChinaBlue
Cabinet - and you can check out more photos on the AA E-Zine's Facebook