Fork Union Military Academy celebrated Lunar New Year with cadets this past week complete with dinner, gifts, and red envelopes as is traditional in many parts of Asia. The celebration on campus took place a bit later than organizers had hoped, due to the schedule disruptions of this pandemic year, but cadets gathered with Col. David Coggins, the Academy's President, as well as other staff and faculty sponsors for this special occasion.
The Lunar New Year marks the first new moon of the calendar known as the lunisolar calendar, which is traditionally used in may countries in Asia including China, Vietnam, and South Korea. The lunisolar calendar tracks both the phase of the moon as well as the time of the solar year. In Chinese astrology, each new year is associated with a specific animal, and persons born in that year are believed to take on certain characteristics of that animal. This new year is the year of the Ox, and the characteristic represented by the ox include loyalty, dependability, and determination.