Celebrate Lunar New Year—the Year of the Tiger

Happy New Year! / 新年快樂 / 새해 복 많이 받으세요 / Akemashite omedetō! chúc mừng năm mới!

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) invites you to join us in the lobby outside Watanakunakorn Auditorium from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Also known as the Spring Festival, this event traditionally marks the start of spring and a new year in the lunar Chinese calendar. Celebrated in various East Asian countries, the holiday features events like gorgeous firework displays and lion dances (shown here, from a NEOMED celebration in 2019) to emphasize wisdom but also to bring good fortune and ward off bad spirits for the upcoming year. Traditions and customs like giving red envelopes containing money symbolize good luck and wishes to the friends and family members who receive them. (As shown in the top photo, it’s also traditional to feed the lion money at the lion dance.) Traditional foods and games like mahjong bring family members together in celebration.

Friday, Feb. 4, come join APAMSA and your NEOMED family in celebrating the start of the Year of the Tiger! There will be food (kimchi fried rice, Mongolian beef, teriyaki chicken skewers, Filipino mango floating cake and crispy shrimp tempura) and goodie bags, as well as games.

Hope to see everyone there! / 謝謝 / 고마워 / Arigatō / cảm ơn!

--Submitted by Kevin Tran (M1)

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