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Celebrate Lunar New Year!

The streamers may have been cleared away until next Dec. 31, but New Year's celebrations aren't done just yet — and they won't be until the Chinese New Year arrives. Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important traditional festival in China. According to the Chinese calendar, in 2013, Feb. 9 is New Year's Eve, marking the last day of the Year of the Dragon, while Feb. 10 ushers in the Year of the Water Snake.

The Chinese animal zodiac, or “sheng xiao” in pinyin, is a rotating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Celebrated by more than a billion and a half people around the world, the Year of the Snake marks the halfway point through the 12 Chinese astrological signs. The symbolic animal is believed to impart certain characteristics on those born during that year, and people born during previous snake years (like 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989 and 2001 — but bearing in mind lunar calendar dates). Find out more about your animal Zodiac.

Be sure to join us as Royal Roads University celebrates Lunar New Year!

When: Feb. 8, noon to 1 p.m.Where: QuarterdeckWhat: Lunar New Year Celebration, student performances, door prizes and treats