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Chinese New Year celebrations

Watch the video to find out what happens at our Chinese New Year celebrations

Lunar New Year (Chunjie) 2023: Monday 30 January

We want to wish all our students, staff and local residents Happy Lunar New Year (Chunjie) 2023. 

Sunday, January 22, 2023 marks the first new moon on the lunar calendar and the start of the Year of the Rabbit.

Lunar New Year (Chunjie), also known as the Spring Festival, is the most celebrated and longest of all Asian festivals and is observed by millions of people around the world. Not only in China, other countries in East Asia hold their own new year celebrations at this time and we are pleased to be able to showcase those different traditions in our festival on campus. 

The Chinese zodiac gives each year an animal sign. Chinese New Year 2023 is a Year of the Rabbit or Hare. Rabbit symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

We will be celebrating on campus on Monday 30 January 2023 and everyone is welcome. 
We encourage everyone to wear something red on the day to celebrate!

Forum Street 12-5pm Join us for our vibrant street festival to celebrate the Lunar New Year. 
  • We have 2000 lucky red packets to give away
  • Write a new year wish and hang it in one of the trees
  • Watch a traditional tea ceremony and try some delicious tea
  • Have your fortune told
  • Try your hand at some intricate chinese knot work
  • Try a new year game
  • Speak to the brilliant Chinese Community Welfare Service about their vital work
  • Take part in the treasure hunt (prizes!)
Forum Street 12-5pm Enjoy a tasty bowl of Asian food at the pop up stall. 
(Menu to be confirmed)
Rear of XFI Building 6.45pm Watch the celebratory Lunar New Year firework display. 
(Please note there will be restricted pedestrian access around East Park, Rennes Drive and XFI from 6.30-7pm)

Thank you to the following student societies and external groups for their dedication in planning and delivering this event: 

  • Chinese Society
  • Chinese Community Welfare Service (CCWS)
  • HK Pass
  • Japanese Society
  • Malaysian Society
  • Multicultural Society
  • Thai Society
  • Vietnamese Society

New Year Gala Evening
The Chinese Society are holding a spectacular New Year Gala evening at the Northcott Theatre on Friday 3 February. Find out more from them at the street festival on Monday and Click here to book your tickets.