Lunar New Year is a popular celebration at Penn State York with ethnic food, cultural exhibits, and a variety of activities to engage campus in learning about Asian cultures associated with the holidays.
This year there will be no in-person events given the pandemic, but the seven days of virtual Lunar New Year luck and celebration, scheduled for February 12-19, promise to provide plenty of fun and entertainment. information. Social media events for students are sponsored by the Campus Multicultural Club and the University Programming Board (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 led the way by planning the seven days of events that will engage students and introduce them to an important holiday in Asian culture. Although she is not celebrating the holiday, Rasiyan, president of the Multicultural Club, saw the importance of continuing this event even if it could not be done in person. Part of his club’s goal is to introduce students to new cultures. Rasiyan is a sophomore at Penn State York majoring in psychology.
The seven-day celebration via social media begins with Lunar New Year wishes on February 12. Students are encouraged to create a story game and fill in the blanks using Instagram features. They can write their Lunar New Year wishes and tag their friends. Celebrate Night is the second day, February 13, and attendees can watch a show with family or have a late-night chat with friends, followed by some time to unwind on February 14 and do something uplifting. joy – crying leads to bad luck for the new year.
Lucky cards are on February 15 and students can watch a video of lucky cards and randomly capture them to see which cards they got from the video and post it on their story and tag a friend. Dress your best on February 16 and post the image with your story. The group hopes that by dressing up, students will feel positive during this quarantine. It is a tradition during Lunar New Year to buy new clothes and dress in traditional clothes to celebrate. Wear red is what February 17 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 sweets with family and friends to ensure a sweet year. The final day of the celebration, February 19, asks participants to have a lucky meal with family and friends. Spending time with family is an important part of the Lunar New Year celebration.
Although there are no in-person events and activities, the sponsoring groups hope students will participate via Instagram. Read on to learn more about Lunar New Year celebrations and why they are so important.
Huynh is Vietnamese and has lived in York all her life, 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 Asia resembles Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve celebrations all put together in the United States.