University of Leicester celebrates the Chinese New Year

Posted by er134 at Jan 27, 2017 10:08 AM |
Campus activities include wishing tree, Chinese food and Gala event to welcome the Year of the Rooster

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 27 January 2017

Photo/ media opportunity: Monday 30 January, from 2.30pm - decorations in the Charles Wilson Building and wishing tree outside Fielding Johnson Building, University of Leicester campus. Email er134@le.ac.uk to arrange

Celebrations for the Chinese New Year will begin today (Friday 27 January 2017) and the University of Leicester and University of Leicester Students’ Union are marking the incoming Year of the Rooster in a number of ways.

Fortune cookies and red envelopes or ‘Hongbao’ will be hidden around the Percy Gee Building containing chocolate money and prizes. These are customary in China and presented at social and family gatherings such as weddings or on holidays such as the Chinese New Year. The red colour of the envelope symbolises good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits.

On Monday 30 January, red paper lanterns and banners featuring the rooster will adorn the feature wall in the Charles Wilson Building as well as messages of good will for the new year.

Students and staff will also be able to write down their wishes for the year, which will then be hung on a wishing tree outside of the Fielding Johnson Building.

The University’s Oadby Food Court will be serving up a special menu of Chinese food to celebrate the new year on Saturday 28 January.

The University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle has also recorded a special Chinese New Year video greeting to the University’s Chinese community and prospective students.

He said: “The Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is the most important date in the Chinese calendar and widely celebrated in Hong Kong, Taiwan and across Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

“As our largest overseas group, we recognise the importance of helping our Chinese students celebrate on campus if they are unable to spend the holiday with their families.”

On Saturday 11 February, the University will host the Chinese New Year Gala 2017, organised by the Chinese Student Scholars Association at the O2 Academy from 7pm. The event will feature traditional Chinese songs and a variety of dancing and magic performances by University staff and students.

Attendees will also be able to witness Chinese Cross Talk – a traditional Chinese comedic performing arts, and one of China's most popular cultural elements.

Over 300 places are available to the public. Tickets are on sale for £2 per ticket and can be purchased by calling YE Zhou via 07449 583266 or emailing XING Jingjing via: jx49@le.ac.uk

Meng, who is studying for a BA in Management Studies, said: “I came from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and this is my first Chinese New Year in Leicester. Luckily we’ve finished all the exams and can fully enjoy the short holiday break. Our Chinese friends will gather together and try to make the dumplings ourselves at the New Year’s eve. Although I live far away from my parents, I can join their celebration activities via video calling, and watch live celebration performance online with them. I will definitely leave my wishes at the wishing tree on campus and bring my best luck for the year of Fire Rooster. I wish all my friends in Leicester and Guangzhou a very happy Chinese New Year.”

Find out about various Chinese New Year events happening around the city at: http://www.visitleicester.info/things-to-see-and-do/festivals-celebrations/

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For more information contact Tracy Li, Senior International Officer, at: yl391@le.ac.uk or Kate Godfrey, Head of Public Affairs, at: kag17@le.ac.uk