Ringing in the Chinese New Year

By Erika Mahoney

February 11, 2013 Updated Feb 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) At Binghamton University, kids celebrated the Chinese New Year with arts and crafts.

B.U.'s Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas hosted the Southern Tier Chinese School to ring in the new year.

In Chinese culture, each year is represented by a different animal.

This year is the year of the snake, so kids made paper snakes in groups.

"It's traditional in Chinese culture to meet with family and friends during Chinese New Year and it's a good way for the kids to learn about their culture," said Dean Yang, member of B.U.'s Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas.

Several of the students said they are going to give their paper snakes to their parents.

The Chinese New Year is the longest holiday in China. It lasts 15 days.