Lunar New Year

What is Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year (LNY) is a celebration observed in many East Asian countries and communities across the globe. It marks the beginning of the calendar year with the first new moon of the lunarsolar calendar and lasts 16 days. Since the lunar calendar is based on lunar cycles, the date varies from year to year.

Lunar New Year Events

Events are open to all UCSC students, scholars, staff, and faculty.

Spring Festival Gala

Hosted by the Chinese Student Union (CSU) and Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)

Date: Saturday, January 21

Time: 17:00

Location: Stevenson Events Center

Special Themed Lunch & Dinner

Available at the College 9/John R. Lewis Dining Hall

Date: Monday, January 23

  • Come experience a special themed dinner celebrating the new year. Entrees will include Asian Pork Spare Ribs, BBQ Tofu, General Tso’s Chicken, and more.

An on-campus meal plan is required for entry. Those without a meal plan can pay for entry by using the GET App.

wgg-lny-2023.jpegWinter Global Gathering: Lunar New Year

Hosted by Global Programming and College 9/John R. Lewis College

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Date: Tuesday, January 31

Time: 18:30 - 20:00

Location: Namaste Lounge

  • Join us for our quarterly international dinner gathering for all students and scholars. We are excited to feature cuisine associated with Lunar New Year
  • Engage in cultural activities and learn more about Lunar New Year customs


Lunar New Year Celebration at Silicon Valley Campus

Hosted by Global Programming and Silicon Valley Extension/Graduate Programs

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Date: Friday, February 3

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Location: Silicon Valley Campus

  • We are excited to host our second annual Lunar New Year celebration at UCSC Silicon Valley Campus
  • Network with fellow students and scholars with Lunar New Year food and games


Lunar New Year Celebration (Main Campus)

Hosted by College 9/John R. Lewis College and Global Programming

Date: Saturday, February 11

Time: 16:00 - 19:00

Location: C9/JRL Multipurpose Room

  • Join us for another exciting Lunar New Year celebration.
  • Free food, activities, karaoke, performances, and more.


Lunar New Year with VSA

Hosted by the Vietnamese Student Association

Date: Sunday, February 19

Time: 17:30 - 19:30

Location: C9/JRL Multipurpose Room

  • Join VSA for an annual celebration of the Lunar New Year
  • Enjoy paper lantern making and traditional Vietnamese games

Lunar New Year Banquet with CSA

Hosted by the Chinese Student Association

Date: Saturday, February 25

Time: 15:00 - 20:00

Location: Stevenson Events Center

Have an event that your organization is hosting?

Contact us and we’ll promote your LNY event here on our webpage.

If you have any questions about LNY events, please contact