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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

SU Hosts Chinese New Year Dinner Tuesday, January 31

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University celebrates Chinese New Year with a Chinese dinner in the Bistro Dining Room of the Commons 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, as part of its spring semester Festival of Foods series.

The dinner features performances by the Wong Chinese Lion Dancers, lead dancers of the annual Chinese New Year Parade in Washington, D.C.

Lion dancing is based on an ancient Chinese legend about a monster that is said to have descended from the mountains on the first day of the lunar year to destroy villages and crops. The villagers built a giant creature of their own—the mythological Chinese Lion—to frighten the monster away forever. From that day, the Chinese Lion symbolized strength, wisdom, good luck and the ability to drive away evil spirits.

The menu includes wonton soup, fish in Szechuan hot sauce, Asian pork ribs, Buddha's delight, jasmine rice, sesame hot noodles, stir fry vegetables, fresh asparagus, almond cake, candy sushi, fresh tangerines and fortune cookies.

Cost of the meal is $8.95 for adults, $5.50 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under dine free. University Dining Services and the Office of Cultural Affairs sponsor the dinner. For more information call 410-543-6271 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu. "



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