Lunar New Year: How students are celebrating the year of the pig

Features – The Aggie

Students of different backgrounds share how they celebrate the Lunar New Year

Every year, millions of East Asians welcome the new year of the lunar calendar with a number of traditions. This year, falling on the first new moon of the lunar calendar, which would be Feb. 5, those who celebrate this holiday welcome the year of the pig. Also known as Chinese New Year, the Lunar New Year is generally celebrated by those of Chinese, Vietnamese, Laos, Singaporean and Korean cultures. Lanterns, cherry blossoms and red envelopes are generally associated with Lunar New Year. Traditional gowns are worn, families come together to celebrate, firecrackers pop, smiles beam on the faces of the young and old.

For most students who would normally celebrate, however, being away from home and family during Winter Quarter means that celebrating might not be exactly how it used to be before college.

Enoch Fu, a first-year electrical engineering major from San Jose, noted that he may or may not be going home for the holiday. He said that he usually celebrates with family and will only celebrate this year if he goes home to be with them. In the past, Fu noted that he used to celebrate with family by coming together, eating and receiving red envelopes. Being of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, Fu associates the holiday with eating traditional, home-cooked Chinese and Taiwanese food and receiving hong baos (red envelopes filled with money), which he noted is his favorite part of the Lunar New Year.  

Thanh Le, a Vietnamese fourth-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major from Clovis, Calif., said that she and her family have already established a yearly routine.  

“I usually celebrate Lunar New Year at my grandma’s house,” Le said.

She stated that because this is how she has always celebrated, it hasn’t made much of a difference now that she …

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