Happy Lunar New Year: Year of the Monkey

Generasian is wishing all of our readers a very happy Lunar New Year!

This year is the Year of the Monkey! It is said that people born in a Year of the Monkey are intelligent – especially in their career and wealth, and described as lively, flexible, and quick-witted. However they are also known to have an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others.

The lunar calendar is based around the cycles of the moon, with the new year happening on the second new moon after the winter solstice. While Lunar New Year may feel like a celebration that is predominantly celebrated by Chinese or Korean populations, to me it represents something very simple and universal. Lunar New Year Eve is the one time each year that I can count on good company, good food and a great deal of fun. Family and friends are able to put aside their differences and mutually wish each other the best for the year ahead, instilling a sense of harmony in every person. In some ways, it’s the Asian equivalent of the “Christmas spirit”. Join in on the many celebrations NYU’s Asian clubs are hosting!


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