Students celebrate Chinese New Year

Posted: January 22, 2012 1:00 p.m.

Students celebrate the University of Regina's long-standing partnerships with China.
Students celebrate the University of Regina's long-standing partnerships with China. Photo: U of R Photography Dept.

Though many may think the holidays are behind us, another important celebration is right around the corner. Chinese New Year is a celebration of the new year in accordance with the lunar calendar in the Chinese culture.

Over 800 students at the University of Regina are of Chinese descent. Recognizing this large Chinese student population, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) has made plans for a New Year celebration on campus. 

On January 23, members of the CSSA will be on hand with donuts and customary red envelopes for students in the Riddell Centre. Third-year engineering student Wanzhou Xiao is originally from Southern China and explains that red is a colour of luck in Chinese culture.

“During New Year and Spring Festival, everyone in China will wear red clothing. Red lanterns and red paintings will be on display at homes and shops to wish for luck in the coming year.”

Anheng Wang, a third-year student at the Paul J. Hill School of Business is looking forward to the celebrations. He compares the anticipation of Chinese New Year to the excitement seen throughout Canada for Christmas Day. Though Anheng will not be able to join his family when they gather at his grandparents’ home as they do every year, he hopes to have a celebration of his own with a traditional dumpling meal. 

When asked what his thoughts were for the celebrations, Anheng expressed hope that everyone will take part.

“I hope that Canadian students and students of other nationalities take part in the celebrations at the University. It would be great to have everyone celebrate with us, no matter what their heritage is,” said Anheng.

The University of Regina was one of the first universities in Canada to develop formal partnerships with Chinese universities and has since developed relationships with more than 50 Chinese institutions. In 2011, the University of Regina celebrated a 30-year partnership with Chinese post-secondary institutions.

Chinese New Year celebrations will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Riddell Centre on January 23, 2012. Everyone is welcome to attend.