On May 6, the General Students’ Association(GSA) of Hanyang University(HYU) announced their decision to postpone the 2014 Spring Festival, which was scheduled to be held from May 21 to 23. Instead, the festival will be held at the end of September, 2014.
The reason for the delay is to express Hanyangians’ sorrow over and symbolic support for the victims of the tragic sinking of the ferry, Sewol. “As a way to show Hanyangians’ sincere condolences to the victims of the Sewol ferry tragedy, we decided to put off the spring festival. We believe Hanyangians will understand why we made that decision,” said Kim Chang-sik, the President of GSA of HYU.
Many Hanyangians accepted the decision to delay the festival, understanding the situation. “Even though I am sorry not to have the opportunity to enjoy the festival this semester, I fully understand the reason for the cancellation because of what the disaster has meant to Koreans these days. I think all Hanyangians will understand the decision,” said Lee Ga-yeon, a Freshman in the Department of English Language and Literature at HYU.
In the festival that has been rescheduled for the end of September, the GSA intends to have several programs. They also plan to continuously discuss how to proceed respectfully with the festival.