By Ben Watkins, Co-Social Chair

Lion dances. Hot pot. Red envelopes full of money.

These are just a few things that run through my mind whenever I think of Lunar New Year. Growing up, we would gather with the same group of Taiwanese families and celebrate the evening with lots of good food, Chinese words games I never understood, and baskets and baskets of clementines. If we were lucky, someone would bring an N64, and we’d hole ourselves in the back room of the church while our parents sang there hearts out on karaoke.

Where does this holiday actually come from though? They sure weren’t singing 月亮代表我的心 before the 1900s. I decided to do some fact checking and learn a little more about the roots and evolution of this worldwide holiday.

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This is just a short list of the history and traditions that have stemmed from the celebration since the beginning of time. One thing for sure, there is no wrong way to celebrate the holiday. However you’re choosing the spend the holiday (hopefully with TAP!), we wish you the best, happiest, and most wonderful Lunar New Year!