5 Ways AANAPISIs Celebrated the Lunar New Year

by Jillian Cener

Happy Lunar New Year!  While you may know it as Chinese New Year, the celebration that just took place this past Saturday, January 28th, is more accurately referred to as Lunar New Year. It is a time of traditions, festivities, and celebrating the new year based on the lunar calendar. Check out how these 5 Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) celebrated Lunar New Year in today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up.

1) University of California at Irvine – Irvine, CA


UC Irvine will be hosting a variety of events on Monday, January 30th to celebrate the year of the rooster. Events include a street fair, parade, musical performances, and fireworks.

2) CUNY Hunter College – New York, NY


One of CUNY Hunter’s cultural partners, the Asia Society, hosted an event, “Moon Over Manhattan!” this past Saturday.  Perfect for the whole family, this festival included performances, arts and crafts, and demonstrations.

3) De Anza College – Cupertino, CA


De Anza College will be hosting the El Camino Youth Symphony’s seventh annual concert in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Attendees can enjoy both musical and dance performances on Saturday, February 4th.

 4) University of Hawaii at Manoa – Honolulu, HI


David Lassner, Interim Chancellor of UH Manoa, helped celebrate the beginning of the Lunar New Year on Friday, January 27th. He welcomed the Gee Yung Dragon & Lion Dance Association to a lawn on campus as they put on a traditional Lion Dance.

5) St. Catherine University – St. Paul, MN


St. Catherine University hosted the world premiere of “Keepsakes: A Chinese Love Story” this past weekend. Audiences were treated to a spectacle of Chinese dance, acrobatics, rituals, and art in celebration of the new year.

How did you celebrate the Lunar New Year?  Tell us in the comments below!

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