Lunar New Year is an important festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar calendar in Asia. Celebrations traditionally run beginning one week before the first day of the new year to the second week of the first calendar month, depending on the country celebrating.

Mainland China, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are among the Asian countries that celebrate Lunar New Year.

The first day of the Lunar New Year in 2016 was Feb. 8, opening the Year of the Monkey, per Asian zodiac.

Accordingly, Niagara University’s Office of International Relations celebrated the special occasion with traditional food, drinks, a cultural showcase and Asian horoscopes on the lower level of the Gallagher Center. It was an opportunity for students – domestic and international – to come together in fellowship and experience each other’s cultures.

Along with NU students, attendees included the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara president, Dr. Debra Colley, executive vice president, and several university faculty and staff members.

“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and pay high tribute to all of the international students who worked hard to prepare for Niagara University’s Lunar New Year celebration,” said Dzung Khuu, a graduate assistant in the Office of International Relations. “By organizing an event that all NU members enjoyed, we hope to create mutual understanding, strengthen friendships and promote even more cooperation among all NU community members.”

“I would like to wish all of you who celebrate this occasion a great, healthy and a happy Lunar New Year,” added Dr. Hung Le, vice president for international relations. “Much of this event’s success is due to our students’ deep desire to showcase their culture and share it with their international brothers and sisters. I am delighted that to see that all students did a marvelous job. Moving forward, I urge all students to continue to share a slice of their culture at NU.”

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