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Lunar New Year

See what’s happening at UBC

Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays for many East Asian communities in Canada and around the world. The holiday represents new beginnings and the renewal of good health, happiness, and prosperity.

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit and engage with these events and programs happening across the university and in the community.

Featured UBC events

UBC Vancouver

January 14, 2023 | 10:00 am

Day at the Museum

A Lunar New Year’s gathering of food, celebration, connection, conversation and one last chance to share in and see the hard work students and researchers before the Museum of Vancouver exhibit, “A Seat at the Table” closes forever in February 2023.  Bring your family elders, your kids, nieces and nephews for a multi-generational experience of engaging with this amazing exhibit!

January 14–15, 2023 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lunar New Year Market

UBC Botanical Garden hosts their first Lunar New Year event in 2023 to welcome the year of the rabbit! Local makers, artists, and crafters will be selling their goods. The festive event will also feature lion dances, kung fu performances from UBC Kung Fu Club, and dance performances from UBC Hanfu Culture Society and YunTang Dance Club. UBC Botanical Garden will also offer fresh flowers and potted plants for sale.

January 20, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Queer Lunar New Year (Instagram)

Join the UBC Pride Collective for a Queer celebration of Lunar New Year on January 20 in the Nest Egg (Performance Theatre). This event is free and open to all. There will be drag and lion dancing performances at 7pm. Come and enjoy food, games, and paper crafts! Everyone is welcome, regardless of cultural background.

January 21 – February 20, 2023

Lunar New Year Book Display

UBC Education Library has a book display of Lunar New Year books available to borrow. The display is located at entrance to our branch.

January 22-29, 2023

Lunar Year of the Rabbit: Going Green for 2023

Students in the Chinese Language Program are invited to submit videos that celebrate the new year, share culture, and support other language learners. Video submissions are open from January 12–21, 2023. Submissions will be shared across the UBC Chinese Language Program social media accounts.

January 23, 2023 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Chinese New Year Night Market (Instagram)

The UBC student clubs HKYOURS, UBCTA, and NTG present this festive night market for you to experience the rich traditions and culture of Chinese New Year.

January 23, 2023 | 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) Lunar New Year Party 2023

Celebrate Tết 2023 with the Vietnamese Student Association. Join them at the AMS Nest for amazing Vietnamese food, game booths, and performances.

January 25, 2023 | 11:15 am – 11:30 am

Lion Dance at St. John’s College

St. John’s College is pleased to present the Lion Dance performance by the Chau Luen Athletic Club!  The performance will be 15 minutes long and afterwards the performers will give a brief history on the Lion Dance and its significance.

January 26, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Singapore Students’ Association Chinese New Year Event (Instagram)

The Singapore Students’ Association is hosting their Chinese New Year event with food, special Chinese New Year challenges, and crafts like folding paper fortune cookies and traditional calligraphy.

January 27, 2023 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Seri Malaysia Club (SMC) Chinese New Year Celebration (Instagram)

Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Seri Malaysia Club and enjoy great food, games, and much more.

UBC Okanagan

January 20, 2023

Celebrate Lunar New Year

Come celebrate the Lunar New Year with UBC Okanagan’s Global Engagement Office. Free food and activities provided to all who attend. Everyone is welcome!

Featured community events

Starting January 20, 2023

Lunarfest Vancouver

Hosted by the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association
Vancouver, BC

January 22, 2023 | 11:00 am

Chinatown Spring Festival Parade

Hosted by 2023 Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Celebration Committee
Chinatown, Vancouver, BC (map)

January 23, 2023 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

University Neighbourhoods Association Lunar New Year Activities

Hosted by the University Neighbourhoods Association
Wesbrook Community Centre (map)

Are you in a UBC department or student group planning a Lunar New Year event?

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