Lunar New Year

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Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays for many 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 Dragon and engage with these events and programs happening across the university and in the community.

Featured UBC events

UBC Vancouver

February 3–4, 2024 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lunar New Year Market

UBC Botanical Garden’s Lunar New Year Market is back for a second year with local makers, artists, crafters and food trucks.

February 8, 2024 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lunar New Year at the Nest

Enjoy affordable bites, performances, and more. Celebrate the lunar new year with UBC’s Department of Asian Studies and a number of AMS clubs at the Nest.

February 11, 2024 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lunar New Year Celebration at Wesbrook Community Centre

This celebration will include activities for all ages including bamboo weaving, calligraphy, traditional flower arrangement, as well as arts and craft activities for kids and much more.

UBC Okanagan

February 2, 2024 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Chinese and Korean Lunar New Year Celebration

Come and participate in fun cultural quizzes and games, with a chance to win prizes, and enjoy exciting performances with Chinese songs and K-pop dancing.

February 9, 2024 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Celebrate Lunar New Year

Join the Global Engagement Office in celebrating the Lunar New Year on the second floor of the UNC building. Enjoy activities like paper cutting, origami and calligraphy. Light refreshments will be provided and no registration is required.

Featured community events

February 10–25, 2024

LunarFest 2024

LunarFest brings together many different traditions through art, entertainment, and education.

February 9–11, 2024

Taste of Chinatown!

This three-day festival celebrates the Lunar New Year and features culinary delights, special promotions, a parade, illuminating lights and lanterns and exciting prize draws.

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Artist: Carson Ting

This year’s Lunar New Year artwork was created by Vancouver artist Carson Ting. Carson is a partner and creative at Chairman Ting Industries art and design studio.

Artist statement

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, I sought to capture the essence of the Year of the Dragon through my art piece. Traditionally revered as a symbol of power, wisdom, and strength, I aimed to present the dragon in a fresh light, showcasing its playful and spirited nature.

My portrayal of the dragon goes beyond its majestic presence; it embodies vitality and exuberance, roaring into the new year with an undeniable sense of swagger. Through bold strokes and vibrant colors, I aimed to convey the dragon’s zest for life, and its readiness to embrace new beginnings with enthusiasm.

In this artwork, the dragon emerges as a charismatic figure, radiating energy and confidence. Its playful demeanor invites viewers to join in the festivities, to revel in the joy and excitement of the Lunar New Year. With each brushstroke, I aimed to evoke a sense of celebration and anticipation, as we embark on a journey filled with promise and possibility.

Ultimately, my goal was to challenge traditional perceptions of the dragon, presenting it not only as a symbol of power but also as a creature that knows how to have fun. As we welcome the Year of the Dragon, may this artwork serve as a reminder to embrace life with vigor and to approach the future with a sense of adventure and delight.