Le-Yun Dance Group performs for Rio Hondo

Rio Hondo kicked off its spring semester by celebrating Chinese New Year on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. in the lower quad by the Rio Café.

As the rest of the world prepared for the actual Chinese New Year on Jan. 31, The Taiwan Le-Yun dance group performed traditional Chinese folk dances on campus for students and administrators handing out red envelopes for good luck with candy for a few selected attendees.

President Teresa Dreyfuss and Mary Ann Pacheco (Trustee Area 3) came to see the show and were impressed. “These girls are very young. Some of them are 10 years or older but showed a lot of discipline and poise.” said Dreyfuss.

The crowd cheered for the dancers including fellow Rio Hondo dance student Chris Chavez. Chavez was quotes as saying, “These performances are a good way to provide a taste of the culture of Taiwan. The different styles our styles and theirs is very noticeable. It was very nice and beautiful.”

In Hacienda Heights thousands attended the largest Chinese temple in the United States the Hsi Lai temple to celebrate, and Panda Express also celebrated the new year by giving guests a free order of Firecracker Chicken Breast, with the coupon available on their website. The coupon can either be printed or shown on your mobile device. The coupon itself is valid until Feb. 18.

This Chinese New Year marks the Year of the Horse. In Chinese astrology it is believed to be lucky. The horse has strong power, an unbeatable desire for success and can achieve the highest goals.

People born in the Horse years (2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906) are known to be the smartest, happiest and most fun loving.

The Horse symbolizes strength, energy, and outgoing nature.