Lunar New Year

A red GIF with 2021 spelled out in gold drawings of food, an ox, red envelopes & firecrackers sliding upwards with fireworks

What is the origin of Lunar New Year and what does the Year of the Ox mean?

How is Lunar New Year celebrated around the world?

China/Chinese Americans

A man places a crown on Penny Lee Wong’s head. Wong is smiling and holding a bouquet of flowers.
Penny Lee Wong was the first Miss Chinatown in 1948. Photo: Glamour & Grace, from the CHSA Collection

Korea/Korean Americans

Kyung Hyun Kim sits with his daughter, Sidd Kim, and wife, Yourim Lee, wearing hanbok
Kyung Hyun Kim sits with his daughter, Sidd Kim, and wife, Yourim Lee, wearing hanbok for the Lunar New Year. Photo: Kyung Hyun Kim

Vietnam/Vietnamese Americans

5 people are gathered around a table with circular illustrations playing a game. One man is pointing at a rooster drawing
UCI faculty and students enjoy the New Year’s “Vietnamese Craps Game,” which features illustrations of a gourd, a crab, a fish, a deer, a rooster and a shrimp, corresponding to the dice bearing the same pictures at the Department of East Asian Studies’ Lunar New Year celebration in 2020. Photo: Tri C. Tran

What foods are eaten for Lunar New Year?

Roasted pork belly with dried vegetables sits on a glass plate
A plate of pork belly with dried vegetables that Chen cooked for the new year. Photo: Yong Chen

Where can I learn more?

Where should I get involved at UCI?

Hu Ying, Jessica Chen, Tri C. Tran, Ruohmei Hsieh and Ying Petersen stand next to each other with their hands together
Hu Ying, Jessica Chen, Tri C. Tran, Ruohmei Hsieh and Ying Petersen at the Department of East Asian Studies’ Lunar New Year celebration in 2020. Photo: Tri C. Tran

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