By Kathy Tang

Every Dec. 31, children and adults alike rush to their seats in front of their televisions as the last remaining seconds begin to count down and the ball descends in Times Square. As families watch the clock strike midnight, celebrations begin on Jan. 1. But for many others, this celebration occurs twice a year. Feb. 19 marked a new year in the lunar calendar, what is commonly known as Chinese New Year’s. Barons across campus celebrated the year of the sheep and the cultures associated with the holiday.

 ‘On the 18, or New Year’s Eve, [my family goes] to our grandparents house to eat dinner.  When I was younger, we used to make special food and we would put little decorations up,” freshman Ashley Huynh said. 

Huynh lives in a family of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Mexican heritage; she is accustomed to celebrating a variety of cultures and traditions. Many households that celebrate Chinese New Year’s enjoy different traditions which include activities such as watching festivals or fire crackers. Although many customs vary from family to family, almost all celebrate with their loved ones. According to junior Henry Tran, in Vietnamese culture, many recognize Chinese New Year’s and the family dynamics of being Vietnamese-American.

“[I celebrate Chinese New Year’s because of the] cultural aspects, family values, and respect [associated],” Tran said.

Many Barons participate in the customs practiced with the holiday but the significance of the holiday becomes from being together with loved ones. To emphasize this important value in his Chinese culture, digital media and bulletin advisor Ed Lim celebrates Chinese New Year’s with his Swiss and Chinese children.

“I really want my kids to be proud of their Chinese heritage, their roots, and their lineage. I celebrate every year,” Lim said.

With the observances associated with this occasion, students and teachers alike reflect on a year round concept.

“Everything revolves around family, so it’s always about keeping a clean neatness in the culture” Tran said.