U of T Families Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023!

Arlen Chan with children presenting their lanterns and about to begin the march of the lanterns.







Thank you, U of T community and families, for celebrating the Lunar New Year with us! 

Lunar New Year is one of the most important celebrations of the year in many East Asian and Southeast Asian cultures. Communities celebrate in different ways, and at different times, and we wanted to create an inclusive space for our community to observe various traditions.   

The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library and the Family Care Office hosted an event for U of T community members and their families to celebrate Lunar New Year on Friday, January 27, 2023. It was an afternoon filled with delicious Asian food, fun activities & engaging presentations. Guest speakers presented about different new year celebrations in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Tibet and Vietnam. Children had fun with colouring, making lanterns, practicing calligraphy, doing Lunar New Year crosswords, and sharing their wishes on our community wish board.  

"One of the main goals of the event was to create a venue where we could have an inclusive celebration to introduce different traditions for the Lunar New Year that is celebrated by many East Asian and Southeast Asian cultures, and to foster a sense of belonging for U of T community members and their families at the University during this festival." -Hana Kim, Director, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library 

Our sincerest thanks to the Family Care Office for their collaboration in this event’s programming. Thank you to our presenters: Chinese Canadian historian and author Arlene Chan, Sean Chen, Kyongbin Kim, Kristina Dy-Liacco, Lobsang Dondrup, and Professor Hy Van Luong. 

Click here to view event photos on Facebook.

We wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! 

-The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library 


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