#LunarUBC Toolkit


Create your own Lunar New Year greeting or simply copy and paste all/or part of the following message:

Happy Lunar New Year!

This February keep your ears open for the many ways people at UBC are wishing each other 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)

February 8, 2016 marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey and celebrations by families around the world including those with Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese heritage. Traditionally held as a 15-day festival, the Lunar New Year is a significant time for many UBC students, faculty and staff, alumni both here and throughout Asia. There are a number of exciting events being planned across campus and in the university neighbourhood.

Although commonly referred to as “Chinese New Year,” the Lunar New Year is celebrated by many distinct cultures, making it one of the most significant intercultural celebrations around the world. It is a great opportunity for the UBC community to grow our cultural literacy and learn about the range of traditional practices amongst various Chinese communities in and/or from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, for example. It is also an opportunity for us to become more familiar with Seolnal, the Korean New Year, and Tet, the Vietnamese New Year.

Indeed, one-third of UBC’s student population has some direct connection to Chinese, heritage, language, culture and identity. Add in the number of Korean and Vietnamese international and Canadian-born students, mixed-race Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese students, and all the students who are connected to Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese families. UBC also has a significant number of visiting scholars from China and other parts of East Asia.

For many families, Lunar New Year is bigger than Christmas or the Gregorian New Year (January 1). It draws more alumni home to Vancouver than any other major event and it is one of the few times in the year where families separated by great distances make the effort to be together.

Lunar New Year at UBC includes celebrations by various student clubs, departments on campus and in the University Neighbourhoods, as well as activities throughout the city in the next few weeks.

For many people in Vancouver the annual Chinese New Year Parade is a highlight of the season, bringing together 50,000+ spectators in Vancouver’s Chinatown on Sunday, February 14. If you are attending the event we’d love to see your pictures on Instagram or twitter with #LunarUBC.

There are many great events taking place on campus – take a look at the line-up on this page.

I hope everyone at the Vancouver campus has an opportunity to attend these events. We’d love to hear about your family’s unique Lunar New Year traditions.

Why is the Year of the Monkey significant to UBC? Or how might it be meaningful to you?

First of all, 2016 is supposed to be especially lucky for those born in the Year of the Monkey (2028, 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920). The significance of the monkey in traditional Chinese culture is also shared amongst many cultures. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), the dignified Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced ‘Hou’, the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning. The monkey is seen as enthusiastic, self-assured, sociable and innovative which bodes well for UBC and the pursuit of excellence with which our community aspires.

Lucky colors: white, blue, gold
Lucky numbers: 1, 7 and 8

We wish you the best for 2016.

to top

Social Media graphics

Download the Year of the Monkey graphic designed by PK Chan at UBC Communications and Marketing.

Graphics optimized for facebook, twitter and more: http://brand.ubc.ca/downloads/lunar-new-year-2016/


Download a Lunar New Year poster:

Social Media: Share with #LunarUBC:

We encourage sharing of Lunar New Year greetings from February 5 until the end of the month. Lunar New Year is traditionally a 15 day festival and there are events at UBC and around the university neighbourhoods throughout the month.

Try these sample tweets or make your own to link to Lunar New year events across UBC.



  • Gong Hay Fat Choy! Learn about the UBC Centennial Lunar New Year festival and other events around UBC at diversity.ubc.ca #LunarUBC
  • Son Nihn Fai Lok! Say Happy New Year in Cantonese! Learn about Lunar New Year events across campus at diversity.ubc.ca #LunarUBC


  • Gong Xi Fa Cai! Learn about the UBC Centennial Lunar New Year festival and other events around UBC at diversity.ubc.ca #LunarUBC
  • Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy Lunar New Year to #UBC students. Learn about events around UBC at diversity.ubc.ca #LunarUBC


  • Sae-hae bok mani badeusayo! Say Happy New Year in Korean! Learn about Lunar New Year events around UBC diversity.ubc.ca #LunarUBC


  • Chúc mừng năm mới! Say Happy New Year in Vietnamese. Learn about Lunar New Year events around UBC at diversity.ubc.ca #LunarUBC