February 12 is the beginning of Lunar New Year -- Chinese Chunjie, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Solnal, Tibetan Losar, and Spring Festival, all celebrate the arrival of the new year in Asia and ends 15 days later with the first full moon. 2021 is the Year of the Ox. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal because of its role in agriculture and positive attributes, such as being hardworking and honest.
On Friday, February 12, students will celebrate Lunar New Year Celebration in the Halls, hosted by Housing & Residence Life, by decorating red New Year bags, decorating a Chinese Lantern, and picking up a Year of the Ox notepad.
Additional Online Celebrations
- Beginning February 11-13, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will host a free three-day celebration of dance and music for the arrival of the Golden Ox.
- On Saturday, February 13, The Met will celebrate the Year of the Ox with a virtual, Lunar New Year Festival. This free event featured virtual performances, interactive activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages.
- Tuesday, February 16 at 7pm – The New York Philharmonic is hosting a free festive virtual program of Asian and Western music. Click here for more information.
- Saturday, February 20 at 4pm - De-stress with Origami; Join this virtual program to learn how to fold beginner-level origami.
- Saturday, Feb. 26 from 12pm- 2pm - SAB Presents: Asian Name Art Calligraphy. Ring in the Year of the Ox with a festive program featuring Asian Name Art Calligraphy. Click here to register and for more information. Your art will be mailed to the address you provide to our artist on the day of the event.
- Saturday, Feb. 26 (Diversity Film Series: Go (2001, Japan). The film looks at the plight of the Korean minority in Japan, the "Zainichi Koreans," who have lived and worked in Japan for generations but who remain ineligible for citizenship. The showing of the film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Anne Giblin-Gedacht, Asst. Prof of History. This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and the Diversity Coalition. To attend, click here.
Continue to check the University Calendar for additional Lunar New Year events.
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