The Lunar New Year is the beginning of a calendar year whose months are moon cycles, based on the lunar calendar. It is particularly celebrated in East Asia, influenced by the Chinese Near Year, and Chinese calendar. It is also a feature of the Hindu-Buddhist calendars of South and Southeast Asia, the Islamic and Jewish calendars.
At IATP, some staff members dressed up in traditional Lunar garments and shared information about the holiday, family traditions, and pictures with out students via virtual learning. One staff member created a video for students to watch that show how she prepares for this traditional holiday. Many students wore red and gold to symbolize good luck, good fortune and prosperity.
Student Anh Luong said "It's the first new moon of the year! We did activities like learning about the zodiac animals and ordered traditional dishes from Thai Kitchen in Irvine!"