Friday, August 5 2022

Lunar New Year is a popular celebration in Penn State York featuring ethnic food, cultural exhibits, and a variety of activities to inspire the campus to learn about Asian cultures associated with vacations.

This year there will be no in-person events given the pandemic, but the virtual seven days of luck and Lunar New Year celebration, scheduled for February 12-19, promise to provide a lot of fun and entertainment. ‘information. Social media events for students are sponsored by the Campus Multicultural Club and the University Programming Council (UPB).

For Penn State York students Victoria Huynh, My-Hoa Do and Sweeta Rasiyan, sharing this cultural celebration was a top priority. The three young women have led the way in planning the seven days of events that will engage students and introduce them to an important holiday in Asian culture. Although she does not celebrate the holiday, Rasiyan, president of the Multicultural Club, saw the importance of continuing this event even if he could not be in person. Part of his club’s goal is to introduce students to new cultures. Rasiyan is in second year at Penn State York majoring in psychology.

The seven-day celebration via social media begins with the Lunar New Year greetings on February 12. Students are encouraged to create a story game and fill in the blanks using Instagram features. They can write their wishes for the Lunar New Year and identify their friends. Celebrating All Night is day two, February 13, and attendees can watch a frenzy show with family or chat late at night with friends, followed by a time to relax on February 14 and do something that brings success. joy – crying leads to bad luck for the new year.

Lucky Cards are February 15th and students can watch a Lucky Card video and randomly capture them to see which cards they got from the video and post them on their story and identify a friend. Dress your best on February 16th and post the image with your story. The group hopes that by dressing up, the students will feel positive during this quarantine. It is a tradition during the Lunar New Year to buy new clothes and dress in traditional clothes to celebrate. Wearing red is what February 17th brings and students are encouraged to dress in this lucky color and decorate with red and gold items. The sweetest part of the celebration takes place on February 18, when attendees are encouraged to bake and eat candy with family and friends to ensure a sweet year. The last day of the celebration, February 19, asks attendees to have a lucky meal with their family and friends. Spending time with the family is an important part of celebrating the Lunar New Year.

While there are no in-person events and activities, sponsorship groups are hoping students will participate via Instagram. Read on to learn more about the Lunar New Year celebrations and why they are so important.

Victoria Huynh

Huynh is Vietnamese and has spent her entire life in York, but her parents were born in Vietnam and came to the United States. Her family celebrates the Lunar New Year every year and she notes that the celebration in Asian resembles Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s celebrations in the United States.


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