A message from Alden Habacon, Director of Intercultural Understanding at UBC
This February as you walk across campus you may overhear the many ways to wish someone 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)
- Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! (Japanese)
February 19 marks the beginning of the Year of the Sheep for many families around the world including Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese. Traditionally held as a 15-day festival, Lunar New Year is a significant time for many UBC students, faculty and staff, alumni both here and throughout Asia, and most certainly for many of the residents that live in the UBC neighbourhood.
Indeed, one-third of UBC’s student population has some direct connection to Chinese heritage, language, culture and identity.
Learn more about Lunar New Year at UBC