23rd January 2020 by

Spring Festival Celebrations – Year of the Rat – Chinese Lunar New Year 2020

2020 Year of the Rat PosterJoin us for a week of celebrations to mark the beginning of the year of the Rat! The celebration of the Lunar New Year is one of the most important festivals for many cultures across the world, most notably in China.

The festival is dominated by iconic red lanterns, loud fireworks, massive banquets and parades. It is also known as the Spring Festival and Lunar New Year to include those countries such as North and South Korea and Vietnam who celebrate it as well.

We have put together a number of free activities for students to try over the course of 5 days across campus so why not join in to sample a small taste of traditional Chinese culture or to remind yourself of home.

Friday 24 January – Traditional Chinese Calligraphy Class

Engineering Building, Room G26
Join us for a traditional Chinese calligraphy session where you can make a sign to decorate your door.

Monday 27 January – Lion Dance

Guild of Students Reception
The lion dance has been part of the Chinese culture for thousands of years and is performed on auspicious occasions such as weddings, festivals and celebrations. The lion, a symbol of power, wisdom, and good fortune, chases away evil spirits and brings happiness, longevity, and good luck.

Tuesday 28 January – Free Tai Chi

Green Heart (Or Alan Walters Atrium if it rains!)
Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art practiced for both its defence training, its health benefits and meditation. Join us for a beginner’s class, please wear warm comfortable clothing! (Please note that tai chi is traditionally practiced outside, if the weather is not good we will relocate to the Alan Walters building).

Wednesday 29 January – Traditional Chinese Calligraphy Class

Library Lounge, Main Library
Join us for a traditional Chinese calligraphy session where you can make a sign to decorate your door!

Thursday 30 January –  Traditional Lantern Making

Library Lounge, Main Library
Create your own traditional lantern to hang for the Spring Lantern Festival! All materials provided.





For more information on the festival please visit: https://padlet.com/UOBStudentExperience/UOBLNY2020

You can also watch the video from last year here:

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