Chinese communities across the U.K will soon be celebrating the Lunar New Year, otherwise known as Chinese New Year.
What is the Lunar New Year?
New Year celebrations commemorate the beginning of the lunisolar calendar, a calendar based on the monthly cycles of the moons phases. The Chinese Zodiac consists of 12 animals, 2023 is the year of the Rabbit, with celebrations spanning over 15 days from January 22nd, ending with the Lantern Festival. The Lantern Festival marks the first full moon of the Lunar New Year. It is observed by numerous cultures, in particular those of Chinese and east Asian descent. It is tradition to gift red envelopes to your loved ones with money in them, signifying good fortune and wishes for the year ahead.
Celebrating in the U.K
Furthermore, The U.K has a large east Asian international student community. Whether it’s celebrating with your friends in your university town / city, or attending a Lunar New Year event hosted by your student accommodation or Students’ Union – there will be something for you to keep tradition!
- See if your Students’ Union are hosting an event
- Go to a parade
- Cook up some home comforts with your friends in your university accommodation
- Gift your friends
- Manifest good wishes on others for the new year
- Support local Chinese businesses
At DIGS, we are hosting celebrations for the New Year with our students. We will be doing calligraphy and painting with a Chinese New Year feast full of authentic dishes, followed by a firework display!
For more information on Lunar New Year 2023, click here