UCI welcomed the beginning of the Chinese New Year - Year of the Golden Pig - with an afternoon celebration at the School of Social Sciences Gateway on January 28. Festival activities included drummers, dancers, music, raffles, calligraphy, food booths, and games.
At the School of Education display, postdoctoral scholar Linyan Ruan and doctoral students Dandan Yang and Yangyang Liu (pictured below) greeted students, alumni, and community members. Visitors were given information about the School's exchange program with scholars from Beijing Normal University and invited to play the traditional board game Lucky Chess Bầu Cua Tôm Cá (bầu cua tôm cá "gourd-crab-shrimp-fish"), a Vietnamese gambling game using three dice.
About Lucky Chess Bầu Cua Tôm Cá: The six sides of each die, instead of showing one to six pips, have pictures of a fish, a prawn, a crab, a rooster, a calabash gourd, and a stag. Players place wagers on a board that has the six pictures, betting on which pictures will appear. If one die corresponds with a bet, the bettor receives the same amount as their bet. If two dice correspond with a bet, the bettor receives two times their money. If three dice correspond with a bet, the bettor receives three times their money. (If one were to place gold coin on fish, and the dealer rolls two fish and one stag, then the bettor would receive two coins from dealer plus his own.) Any coin not rewarded for the round is kept in a central pool managed by the dealer, who rolls the dice. Bầu Cua Tôm Cá is the Vietnamese variation of Hoo Hey How (Fish-Prawn-Crab) played in China, the dice game Crown and Anchor played by British sailors, or chuck-a-luck played in America.
UCI's Lunar New Year Festival concluded with the traditional "burst of illuminating light and sound."