This week’s edition of “This is Tourism” finds Ron Stutts speaking with Dr. Hongbin Gu about LIGHTUP, the upcoming Chinese Lantern Festival in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Gu is a faculty member at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine with a Ph.D. in mathematical psychology and a master’s degree in statistics from UNC-Chapel Hill. As a resident of Chapel Hill for more than 20 years, she has been an integral part of our community, even serving as the former principal and current board chair of the Chinese School at Chapel Hill alongside her role as organizer of LIGHTUP.

Chinese New Year, a festival that corresponds with the Lunar New Year, celebrates the cycle of the Chinese calendar. The first day of the new year begins on the first new moon, with observances and celebrations taking place from the first day to the 15th — the traditional date of the Lantern Festival. The first day of the Lunar New Year in 2019 was Tuesday, February 5, and celebrated as the beginning of the Year of the Pig. LIGHTUP in Chapel Hill will once again be celebrating the new year with music, food, dancing, drumming, calligraphy, riddles, lanterns and more!

Listen below for the full conversation between Ron and Hongbin, and mark February 24 on your calendar to attend LIGHTUP!


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