Xīn nián kuài lè! - Happy New Year! It’s the Year of the Rabbit! At the Dwight-Bellizzi Asian Studies Academy, visitors, parents, students and staff are celebrating the new year and the year of the rabbit. The Asian Studies Academy enthusiastically celebrated this occasion through student performances, a Chinese flute performance, and a Tai Chi demonstration on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. The Chinese New Year is one of the most important celebrations in the Chinese calendar. Traditionally, the holiday lasts for fifteen days culminating with a Lantern Festival. The New Year is a time for family gatherings; leaving old problems behind and welcoming in the change a new year brings. Following Chinese tradition, students were given red envelopes or hóng bāo that are usually given from parent to child and contain money. At the Asian Studies Academy, staff gave students their own hóng bāo filled with Dragon Dollars! “Nián nián yǒu yú - Wishing you prosperity every year!” From the teachers, staff and students at the Dwight-Bellizzi Asian Studies Academy.