In a two-day event, Simon Fraser University invited its community to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
February 1 was the first day of the Lunar New Year, ushering in the Year of the Tiger.
Simon Fraser University Student Engagement and Retention and Health and Counseling hosted the events at Surrey and Burnaby campuses on Monday and Tuesday.
John So, a co-op student at SFU, said organizers reached out to different student clubs to help provide background information on the Lunar New Year, including how different places celebrate it, such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore. , Malaysia and Korea.
“We are a multicultural community, so we wanted to include some of the cultural context for Lunar New Year,” explained So, who is the Transitional Events Coordinator for the Surrey Campus Games Lounge.
One of the activities was to create the fai chun, which is a traditional Lunar New Year decoration to wish people good luck in the New Year.
“They can use the pen to try to follow the stroke and then make one of the fai chun. Fai chun is simply a message of blessing to yourself or your family and friends. People usually write it down and then give it to someone they care about and then they stick it on their door, desk.
Meanwhile, elementary school students in the Surrey School District learned calligraphy from their “great friends” and worked on crafts to usher in the Year of the Tiger.
At Ray Shepherd Elementary, kindergarten students learned calligraphy with Chinese characters from their “great friends as part of their Lunar New Year learning,” while students in another class tried their hand at paint tigers to hang in the classroom.
Students at Rosemary Heights Elementary made Year of the Tiger mosaics, paper dragons a Lunar New Year watercolor, and students at James Ardiel Elementary made dragon puppets.