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Spring Festival celebrations

Watch the video to find out what happens at our Spring Festival celebrations. 

Spring Festival 2024: Tuesday 13 February

We want to wish all our students, staff and local residents a Happy Spring Festival. 

Saturday, February 10, 2024 marks the first new moon on the lunar calendar and the start of the Spring Festival and the Year of the Dragon in China. The Chinese zodiac gives each year an animal sign, and the dragon symbolises luck, power and success. 

The Spring Festival is the most celebrated and longest of all Asian festivals and is observed by millions of people around the world. Different 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. 

We will be celebrating on campus on Tuesday 13 February 2024 and everyone is welcome. 
We encourage everyone to wear something red on the day to celebrate!

Forum Street 12-3pm Join us for our vibrant street festival to celebrate the Spring Festival. 
  • Get one the lucky red packets we will be giving 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 chinese caligraphy 
  • Try out the pitch pot game 
  • Get there in time to taste some traditional snacks 
  • Have a look at the Tinikling dance brough by the Filipino Society 
  • Take some photos with traditional Filipino costumes 
  • Play Mahjong with the Mahjong society 
  • Make a beautiful red lantern 
  • Speak to the brilliant Chinese Community Welfare Service about their vital work 
Forum Street 11-3pm 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 Spring Festival firework display
(Please note there will be restricted pedestrian access around East Park, Rennes Drive and XFI from 6.30-7pm)

First Aid will be parked at the entrance to Streatham Court for the duration of the firwork display, should you require it. 

There will be a free coach service available for students to travel back to St Lukes campus after the fireworks display. The coach will depart from Harrisons Building (23 on the map) at 19:10pm. You cannot book - this will be a first come first served basis.

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 
  • Malaysian Society
  • Singapore Society 
  • Filipino Society 
  • Mahjong Society 
  • Vietnamese Society 
  • Thai Society 

Information for local residents and families

This is an open event but please be aware that the street festival in the Forum (12-3pm) has been designed for students and there is very limited visitor parking on campus (car park C is nearest the Forum and is disignated visitor parking with charges until 6pm). If you would like to attend the street festival we would suggest using public transport. 
Parking is free after 6pm on campus and there is much more capacity to welcome everyone to our firework display at 6.45pm at the rear of XFI Building.