Lunar New Year, a holiday traditionally celebrated in many Asian communities, is this Sunday, Jan. 22. It’s a time to spend with loved ones and an opportunity to partake in a variety of cultural traditions. Whether you celebrate every year or just want to partake in the festivities, The Chronicle has compiled a list of on-campus celebrations happening this weekend.
Chinese New Year Dumpling Night
The Chinese Students Association will host a dumpling night on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. in McClendon Tower Level 5. This is an open event, so all students are welcome to attend.
Lunar New Year Grocery Bingo
On Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m. in Gilbert-Addoms Down Under, students can participate in Lunar New Year Grocery Bingo with Lunar New Year themed snacks and prizes. All students are welcome to participate.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Asian InterVarsity will be hosting a celebration on Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Keohane Atrium. Students can enjoy “holiday food from different cultures” and learn about “identity in the community.” All students are welcome to attend.
Snacks with the Korean Undergraduate Student Association
KUSA will be celebrating Seollal, the Korean phrase for the Lunar New Year, on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. in Old Chemistry 116. Students can come and enjoy traditional Korean Seollal foods and snacks.
Dinner with the Singapore Students Association
SSA will be celebrating the New Year with food catered from Rasa Malaysia on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. in McClendon Tower Level 5.
SSA Vice President David Goh, a sophomore, described how this is the closest that students can get to their “grandmother’s cooking” and reconnect with home. This event is open to everyone. President Faith Chong, a sophomore, says SSA “[hopes] to engage the entire community to understand an important cultural tradition.”
Make plans with friends on campus
At its core, Chinese international student Shuhuai Yu says celebrating the Lunar New Year means “[creating] a sense of home.”
Yu, a freshman, is one of many who cannot return back home with his family to celebrate the holiday. In place, he’s planning on getting together with friends and having a potluck style meal or hotpot. Goh said he and his friends made Trader Joe’s dumplings together last year.
“Regardless of format or whatever you do, it is just a great moment for all of us,” Yu said.
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Aida Guo is a Trinity first-year and a staff reporter of The Chronicle's 118th volume.