There are many Chinese students studying in Coventry University who can’t go back home to celebrate Chinese New Year with their families. However, Coventry University gives them the opportunity to celebrate Spring Festival right here in Coventry.
Ji Jing, a Chinese student studying in Coventry University said: “we study here and we see Coventry as our second hometown. Spring Festival is very important in our culture, and I’m so happy that some friends got together to celebrate it.”
The university sends post cards to all Chinese students to wish them happy a Chinese New Year, and they also organize a party for all students to celebrate. It is a good way to spread the Chinese culture among students at the university. They get together to have a big meal and to watch the “Spring Festival Gala Evening”. It gives all students the feeling that they have returned to their hometown to have a warm and happy new year. Writes Shuxian Lai…
The Spring Festival is the most important festival for the Chinese people and it is when all family members get together to “Guo Nian” or pass into the New Year.
Money in little red envelopes are given to children for good fortune, homage is paid to ancestors and gods, firecrackers are set off everywhere, and dragon and lion dances are performed from the busiest cities to the most remote villages.
They decorate and clean their rooms featuring an atmosphere of rejoicing and festivity. All the door panels will be pasted with Spring Festival couplets, highlighting Chinese calligraphy with black characters on red paper. The content varies from house owners’ wishes for a bright future to good luck for the New Year. Also, pictures of the god of doors and wealth will be posted on front doors to ward off evil spirits and welcome peace and abundance.