Community Celebrates Year of the Tiger

Photo Credit: Ludmila Zamah

Loomis Chaffee students and faculty ushered in Lunar New Year with a student-led panel discussion and a celebration of food and culture.  

Lunar New Year is observed in many Asian countries and marks the beginning of a calendar year based on moon cycles. This year is the Year of the Tiger.  

Families celebrate the occasion with food, music, fireworks, and dance. Traditionally parents and grandparents also give children red envelopes containing money, in recognition of the gratitude and respect the children show for their elders.  

A panel discussion on Friday informed the audience of the diverse ways that cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year. The panel was organized by sophomore Puffo Danchaivitjitr, an international student ambassador, in collaboration with the Pan-Asian Student Alliance and the International Student Association and was sponsored by the Norton Family Center for the Common Good, Panelists were juniors Emily Khym, Calvin Pan, Dora Lin, and Nathan Ko and freshman Laura Phyu. Puffo served as the moderator of the discussion.  

“I came up with the idea for a student panel discussion because I wanted to highlight traditions from different Asian cultures,” Puffo said. Through hearing the different perspectives, she hoped the Loomis Chaffee community would better understand the importance of the holiday. 

On Saturday, the International Student Association sponsored a celebration of the Year of the Tiger with food and music in the Scanlan Campus Center. Food from Thailand, Myanmar, Korea, China, and other countries that celebrate Lunar New Year was available for all students to enjoy. The celebration also included a raffle with prizes of gift cards to local restaurants.