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Close-up of a bowl of tteokguk

This past weekend was Winter Carnival, a major Dartmouth tradition. Coincidentally enough, Lunar New Year also fell in the same weekend! I'm sure my fellow bloggers will cover the different events that occurred during this (unusually warm) Winter Carnival, so I'll shift gears into Lunar New Year instead. 

To be honest, I don't know what I expected for Lunar New Year here at Dartmouth—right during Winter Carnival weekend. Still, there were plenty of events hosted by various organizations around campus! The Dartmouth Chinese Culture Association (DCCA) and the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) partnered to host a Lunar New Year banquet, People of Color Outdoors (POCO, a DOC subclub) hosted a special hotpot event, and the Hood Museum had a special pop-up exhibition and drop-in activity! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend those events, but I decided to take a break from my schoolwork and take some time to celebrate both Lunar New Year and Winter Carnival. After helping sell some gorgeous Winter Carnival merchandise, I went to a dinner hosted by some people in the Korean Students Association (KSA). The dinner surpassed all of my expectations. The tteokguk (rice cake soup) tasted delightful, and I particularly enjoyed the kimchi. (Kimchi! Here in Hanover! I never would've expected this.) 

By the end of the night, I felt fulfilled. I was pleasantly surprised by the repertoire of Lunar New Year events on campus, and I have high expectations for next year, that's for sure! 

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