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Spring Festival Celebration

The Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, is the most important and widely celebrated festival of all in China. It is celebrated from the 1st day of the 1st lunar month to the 15th day of the 1st lunar month. The final (15th) day is called Lantern Festival, and the night before the 1st day is called Chinese New Year's Eve (Chuxi in Chinese pinyin). This is a time for family reunions, visiting relatives and friends and exchanging greetings for the coming New Year. It is also a time to ring out the old and ring in the new. The Chinese New Year can also be called "Guonian" which means the passing of the old year to the new one. This festival emphasizes the importance of family ties. The dinner gathering of Chinese New Year's Eve is the most important family occasion of the year. Our Chinese Language Program will hold Spring Festival Celebration every year. 


Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

The Mid-Autumn Festival has a history of over 3,000 years. It was derived from the custom of moon worshiping during the Shang Dynasty (c.1600–1046 BC). Thus, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also called the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival. It traditionally falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. In China, it's a reunion time for families, just like Thanksgiving. Chinese people celebrate it by gathering for dinners, eating mooncakes, and appreciating the full moon. The Mid-Autumn Festival is considered the second most important festival in China after Chinese new year. Our Chinese Language Program will hold Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration every year.


Chinese Language Corner

The Chinese corner is a great place for faculty and students who want to practice their oral Chinese. Learners of all levels are welcome to join, since we will have topcis suitable for each level. In addition, you can make friends with Chinese members of the university community. You will surely learn something new. We cordially invite native Chinese speakers to join us and help with our students. This is also an opportunity for you to enjoy the international friendships, exchange cultural insights, and extend your horizons. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Univesity of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Huiqian Zheng at in advance.


Chinese Language Partner Program

Chinese language partner program provides great opportunities for Chinese language learners enrolled in our program to practice Chinese with international Chinese students at the University of Iowa. International Chinese students may also learn English and American cultures through the interation with Chinese language learners. For more details about joining this program, please contact Yuan Lu at