Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, is coming up quite rapidly!! It has been celebrated for thousands of years, but I won’t bore you with the history. In my family, it is tradition to get together and celebrate with each other, honor our ancestors, and eat plenty of homemade food! We actually celebrate it the day or night before the actual day of the new year, so this year we are celebrating on the 15th of February. Since it is based off of the lunar calendar, the dates always differ each year which gets super confusing. Everyone may celebrate it differently, but for me, the main focus is to relax and eat everything my grandma puts in front of me. This year’s celebration is extra special to me because it falls on my birthday: February 15th!! I hope everyone who chooses to celebrate receives plenty of red envelopes (traditionally filled with money!) and enjoys a variety of yummy food.
But enough about me, I want to also mention what our students are doing to celebrate Chinese New Year. The Chinese Student Association (CSA) is hosting a Lunar New Year Gala on February 15th, from 7:30 to 9:30pm in the UC Ballroom, open and free for anyone to attend so definitely check it out if you want. Furthermore, Mosaic is hosting an event titled “So...What is ‘Good’ English?” discussing the origins of the variety of American English dialects and the superiority of what is considered “standard English” on the same day, 2/15, from 5:30-7pm in Commons 329. If you find yourself with a some free time tomorrow, please come by to either OR BOTH of these events!