Happy New Year to all Chinese staff & students

We have 1,773 students on campus who classify themselves as Chinese, as well as a number of staff.  They come from as far and wide as China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia and from here in the UK too. 

Most of these students, their friends and family will be celebrating their Chinese New Year today (8 February). 

Happy & Prosperous New Year - Gong Xi Fa Cai! We're serving Chinese food in our eateries to celebrate.

Here are some facts that you may find interesting:

  • The date for Chinese New Year changes each year. It always falls between January 21 and February 20, determined by the Chinese lunar calendar.
  • Instead of exchanging presents, red envelopes containing cash are given out from older to younger and from bosses to employees. It is a special New Year’s bonus.
  • There are 16 days of celebrations from New Year’s Eve, when the immediate family gather for a special meal.  Each day has a special celebration activity.
  • On the last day, the Lantern Festival (in the evening of fifteenth day of the first lunar month, on the night of the full moon) families gather for dinner and go out and see fireworks and light lanterns which are put up for decoration, let loose to fly, and floated in rivers.
  • China, Hong Kong and Macau, and nine other Asian countries have public holidays (in the same way Europeans have holidays between Christmas and New Year’s Day). Schools in China get about a month off, and universities longer.
  • There are 12 Chinese zodiac years and each year is named after one of 12 animals in their zodiac cycle. 2016 is the year of the Monkey.

If you want to wish any of our students or colleagues a Happy New Year, try saying "Gong Xi Fa Cai" which literally means "Congratulations, may you be prosperous". 

To celebrate Chinese New Year, our catering outlets across campus will be serving up special dishes.

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