Chinese New Year
What is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world. The celebrations are not limited to China. Hong Kong, Laos, South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam and many Asian countries celebrate Chinese New Year as a national holiday. Usually, celebrations begin on Chinese New Year eve and can last around 15 days.
2019 is the year of the pig. There are 12 Chinese Zodiac animals used to represent the years being: rat 鼠, ox 牛, tiger 虎, rabbit 兔, dragon 龙, snake 蛇, horse 马, goat 羊, monkey 猴, rooster 鸡, dog 狗 and pig 猪. This cycle repeats every 12 years.
When is Chinese New Year?
This coming Chinese New Year is on Tuesday 05 February 2019. Chinese New Year is based on a traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar whose dates indicate both the phase of the moon as well as the time of the solar year. Hence, Chinese New Year falls of a different Gregorian calendar date each year.
This year we are hoping to make Chinese New Year a campus-wide celebration so look out for decorations everywhere!
We have also created pin badges with 福 (fuk / fú) meaning happiness and good fortune printed on them. These are for all students and staff at UoR – wear one on your lanyard, jacket or even your backpack to show your support for the celebrations and participation in the festivities on campus. You can pick one up by RUSU reception.
We will also be hosting the following events:
Chinese New Year Gala Dinner – Chinese Students and Staff Association (CSSA)
Date: Fri 01.Feb.2018
Time: 8pm - 1am
Venue: 3sixty, RUSU
Tickets for this event can be purchased from the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) on the RUSU website.
Date: Mon 04.Feb.2018
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Venue: Monterey Lounge (cheese room), RUSU
Come and learn to create your own greeting banners (揮春) for Chinese New Year to decorate your halls/house! This workshop will also be jointly carried out by the Your Halls Life Team in the common room at Sherfield, St.Georges and Park Lounge in the evening.
Date: Tues 05.Feb.2018
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Venue: 3sixty, RUSU
We will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a lion dance performance in 3sixty, RUSU. There will be dumplings, dim sum, red packets and a photobooth at our afternoon celebrations as well! We can't wait! See you there!
Date: Wed 06.Feb.2018
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Monterey Lounge, RUSU Building
Come along to learn how to make your own dumplings (??). Don’t forget to bring a lunchbox so you can bring your dumplings home with you!
Read more about Chinese New Year over on #DiverseReading!
For any enquiries regarding the Chinese New Year celebrations, please feel free to contact:
Nozomi Tolworthy 雷希望
T: 0118 378 4136
I’m so excited to be able to be celebrating Chinese New Year with you all on campus this year!
I’m Chinese and growing up in Hong Kong, Chinese New Year has always been the biggest celebration for my family and I. It’s a holiday all about spending time of family and friends, eating lots of food together and simply having a good time!
It’s been a privilege to be able to organise Chinese New Year at RUSU and the University of Reading for staff and students this year. I hope you enjoy the festivities and have a wonderful time.
恭喜發財! 祝大家新年快樂! 身體健康! 學業進步! 和岁岁平安!
I hope you have a wealthy and prosperous year filled with good health, good studies and peace!
Nozomi Tolworthy 雷希望”