Residents have the opportunity to engage with Chinese culture during the upcoming Spring Festival Celebration at Missouri S&T this coming Sunday, Jan. 28. This festival, celebrating the Chinese New Year, is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture, according to S&T student Enyuan Jiang.

Residents have the opportunity to engage with Chinese culture during the upcoming Spring Festival Celebration at Missouri S&T this coming Sunday, Jan. 28. This festival, celebrating the Chinese New Year, is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture, according to S&T student Enyuan Jiang.

“Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary wide,” he said. “But often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for an annual reunion dinner.”

Jiang explained the festival is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals, and described it as “the largest annual mass human migration in the world,” as Chinese people form all over the world return to their home towns and spend the day with their family.

“It is such a great moment for us to cherish, the meaning of the Spring Festival is important to everyone.”

For Chinese students studying abroad however, this time of year can be bittersweet, as many are not able to travel back home for the holiday. As an international student, Jiang said his opportunities to visit home are few and far between. When he was an undergrad student, he would visit home about once a year. As a current PHD student, Jiang said he is only able to visit about every two years.

For this reason, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) come together each year to create their own festival celebration to share with the community.

“Most Chinese professors and students cannot [go] back to their hometown during the Spring Festival,” said Jiang. “Holding a show is a good way to get people together and enjoy a happy time.”  

Dan Xu, community member and director for the Spring Festival celebrations, agreed and said that holding the Spring Festival here in Rolla is way to bring a little bit of their home into the community. She compared the Spring Festival to Thanksgiving and Christmas in the United States, when families traditionally come together.

“A Chinese student has the same need,” she said.

Dan Xu added she anticipates the event to be “the best in the past ten years.”  According to her and Jiang, several months went into securing the talent for the festival, which includes professional Chinese performers coming from Houston, Chicago, St. Louis and China itself.

The show will feature a musical drama and traditional Chinese Opera, which will illustrate a famous story from Chinese history. Following the performance, a dinner will be served which will feature seven traditional Chinese dishes.


“It will be very delicious,” Jiang said, explaining the work that went into the preparation of the food. Many ingredients had to be delivered from China, as they were not available in the United States according to him.

As students and faculty are preparing to celebrate the Spring Festival, Jiang, Dan Xu and the rest of the CSSA emphasize the most important meaning of the celebration is to invite the community and encourage them to be a part of the festivities. Not only is this an excellent opportunity to share their culture, but connection and relationships are the entire purpose of the festival.

“We would like to invite everyone in Rolla to join us and celebrate our Spring Festival,” Jiang said. “The only thing we can do is have a party with friends, and celebrate our Spring Festival together.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Leach Theatre Box Office. The cultural show will take place inside Leach Theatre at 4 p.m. on Jan. 28, and the dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Pat’s Ballroom of the Havener Center.