The Chapel Hill community came together at Sunday's LIGHTUP Festival to celebrate the Chinese New Year and learn about other cultures. The second annual festival was held at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill and hosted by the Chinese School at Chapel Hill.
The New Year began on Friday, officially starting the Year of the Dog. Current board chair of The Chinese School and Chapel Hill Town Council member Hongbin Gu organized the event.
“With the rhetoric going on against immigrants and minorities, I think that for everyone this is important, to realize even though we’re different with different backgrounds we’re all Americans and we can all come together to share our experiences and ideas like one big community,” Gu said.
LIGHTUP drew a large and diverse crowd from the surrounding areas. Popular events included tracing Chinese characters and dressing up in traditional Chinese costumes for photo-ops.
"It's a place where people coming from all different backgrounds can share cultural heritage and ideas that this event embodies," Gu said.