It’s time to celebrate the Chinese New Year

It’s time to celebrate the Chinese New Year


“SA LIVE,” I’M DAVID ELD AND DAVID WAS TALKING ABOUT THE CHINESE NEW YEAR IS COMING HERE. LOOK WHAT WE HAVE H BEAUTI THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE ON THIS COLD, RAINY DAY. IT’S FROM THE CONFUCIOUS INSTITUTE. EXPLAIN THAT?>>THE CONFUCIOUS INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IN SAN ANTONIO IS CO-SPONSORED BY UTSA AND THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE CONFUCIOUS INSTITUTE IN CHINA. OUR MISSION IS TO PROMOTE LANGUAGE LEARNING AND CULTURE AWARENESS.>>JENN: ALL YEAR LONG. YOU CAN FIND OUT THE PROGRAM IS CONFUCIOUS.>>MIKE: WHAT’S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DRAGON? WHY THE DRAGON?>>THE DRAGON IS A FIGURE IN CHINESE MYTHOLOGY. IT’S CAPABLE OF DOING MANY THINGS, FLYING IN THE SKY, SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN, WALKING ON LAND. AND IT’S A SYMBOL OF PROSPERITY. THEY BELIEVE YOU BRING GOOD LUCK TO PEOPLE. THAT’S WHY YOU SEE THE DRAGON PERFORMANCE OFTEN IN THE CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS.>>MIKE: AND ESPECIALLY IT’S TIED WITH FARMERS.>>YES, IT TRACES BACK TO CHINESE HISTORY. THE DRAGON HISTORY CHASES BACK TO 2000 YEARS AGOING IN THE HAN DYNASTY IN CHINA. IT’S PART OF THE FARMING CULTURE.>>MIKE: THE COSTUMES, THE DRAGONS, DID YOU MAKE THESE YOURSELF?>>NO, IT’S TOO COMPLICATED TO MAKE IT FOR SELF. YOU BUY IT ON THE MARKET AND IT’S VERY COSTLY, A GREAT EXPENSE.>>JENN: YOU HAVE A PERFORMANCE ON THE 17th. PEOPLE CAN GO OUT AND WATCH AND ENJOY.>>YES, YES, ACTUALLY FEBRUARY 17, WE HAVE THE CONFUCIOUS ON THE WATER EVENT. IT WILL KICK OFF BY A DRAGON PARADE AND FOLLOWED BY OUR CHINESE ENTERTAINMENT. SO DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO COME OUT AND SEE A LIVE DRAGON PERFORMANCE A WISHING YOUR OWN — LAUNCH YOUR OWN WISHING LANTERNS ON T WATER.>>MIKE: RIGHT ON THE RIVER WALK.>>YES, IT’S RIGHT DOWN THERE ON THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER WALK.>>MIKE: AND ONCE AGAIN, SATURDAY THE 17th, THE CHINESE NEW YEAR IS FRIDAY 16th. AND THE CONFUCIOUS WISHING LANTERN IS THERE ON THE RIVER WALK. RIGHT NOW, THE CHINESE DRAGON TAKE IT AW>>JENN: I THINK THEY’RE WRAPPING UP NOW, A BEAUTIFUL DRAGON. I LOVE IT, I THINK THE LONGEST DRAGON — THE LONGEST DRAGON IN THE WORLD IS 18 FEET?>>300.>>JENN: SO THIS ONE HERE, WHAT A SIGHT TO SEE.>>MIKE: BY THE WAY, THIS IS GOING TO BE THE CHINESE YEAR OF THE DOG COMING UP.

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