Keep your ears open for the many ways people at UBC are wishing each other a Happy Lunar New Year!
- Gong Hay Fat Choy and Son Nihn Fai Lok! (Cantonese)
- Gong Xi Fa Cai and Xin Nian Kuai Le! (Mandarin)
- Sae-hae bok mani badeusayo! (Korean)
- Chúc mừng năm mới! (Vietnamese)
January 28, 2017 marks the beginning of the Year of the Rooster and celebrations by families around the world including those with Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese heritage. Traditionally held as a 15-day festival, the Lunar New Year is a significant time for many UBC students, faculty and staff, alumni both here and throughout Asia.
Learn more about events at UBC and in the community this year.
Although commonly referred to as “Chinese New Year,” the Lunar New Year is celebrated by many distinct cultures, making it one of the most significant intercultural celebrations around the world. It is a great opportunity for the UBC community to grow our cultural literacy and learn about the range of traditional practices amongst various Chinese communities in and/or from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, for example. It is also an opportunity for us to become more familiar with Seolnal, the Korean New Year, and Tet, the Vietnamese New Year.
Indeed, one-third of UBC’s student population has some direct connection to Chinese, heritage, language, culture and identity. Add in the number of Korean and Vietnamese international and Canadian-born students, mixed-race Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese students, and all the students who are connected to Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese families. UBC also has a significant number of visiting scholars from China and other parts of East Asia.