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How we’re celebrating New Year 2023

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What are Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year?

The origin of the Chinese New Year Festival can be traced back to about 3,500 years ago. Chinese New Year has evolved over a long period of time and its customs have undergone a long development process.

In China, celebration are called Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. It is well-known for starting a new sign in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese animal-zodiac. Popular activities include putting up lanterns and Spring Festival couplets, enjoying reunion dinners, setting off firecrackers and fireworks, and giving red envelopes.

Lunar New Year is a more general term and encompasses celebrations that mark a new year according to a lunar calendar. Though some traditions are shared, others are unique to each country’s beliefs and cultural identity.

New Year events on campus

Chinese New Year Tea Party – Monday 23 January

A poster to advertise the tea party. The poster reads: The Spring festival Tea Party
1:30 - 4:30pm
ground Floor, The Catalyst
3 Science Square
Newcastle Helix,

There is also a QR to scan.

The National Innovation Centre for Ageing is hosting a Chinese New Year Tea Party on Monday 23 January 2023 from 1:30 – 4:30pm at The Catalyst, Newcastle Helix, for the local Chinese community in Newcastle, as well as anyone who is interested in the Chinese culture. Those who would like to attend are welcome to come anytime during this period and do not have to stay for the whole three hours.

There will be snacks and hot beverages for everyone to enjoy, as well as fun activities for everyone to take part in. Each attendee will also receive a goodie bag to take home.

If you are interested, please scan the QR code on the attached poster to view details and register for a free ticket and provide dietary requirements via WeChat.

If you have any enquires about the event, please contact Becky Zhu.

NUSU’s Chinese New Year event – Tuesday 31 January

The event organised by Newcastle University Students Union (NUSU) will be held from 5:00 – 8:00pm. Come along to experience traditional singing, dancing, Kung Fu, chess and much more.

If you would like to volunteer or perform at this event, please complete the form.

New Year Celebrations in Newcastle and Durham

As well as activities at the University, our region will come alive with celebrations for New Year. Take a look at what is happening in the cities of Newcastle and Durham.

Hear how our students are celebrating New Year

Thao Pham is a postgraduate student currently studying for her MBA. Thao has put together a blog post where she details how she is celebrating her first year enjoying Lunar New Year in a different country. Thao shares her top tips and plans on how to enjoy Lunar New Year with your friends.

Read Thao’s blog.

Learn a new language at the Language Resource Centre

Take advantage of the resources at your fingertips and learn a language during your time at university via the Language Resource Centre (LRC).

To kick off the New Year, you could learn Chinese, Japanese or Korean through Peer-Assisted Learning or Conversation Groups.

The Centre, located on Level 2 of the Old Library Building, has a large section of resources on Chinese and Japanese (these languages are taught as undergraduate programmes at Newcastle University). Additionally, the LRC has resources for other non-taught Asian languages. The resources include comprehensive courses with audio CDs, DVDs and reading literature.

Members of the LRC will also get access to Utalk, a language learning app and Transparent Language to boost their studying. Additionally, the online Tandem Board is a place where students can message to find other students for a language exchange.

Visit the Language Resource Centre on campus or email for further information.

Join a society at the Students’ Union

There are hundreds of societies to join at the University. It is a great way to meet other Newcastle University students from your country or learn about other cultures through organised activities and events.

Here is a list of societies representing countries and cultures that celebrate New Year which you may consider joining:

You can visit Student Societies to see more.

We hope you have a very happy New Year!

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