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University Celebrates Chinese New Year with online Gala Show

The event shared a message of 'hope and courage' for the start of the Year of the Ox

By: Mireia Jiménez

Photograph: screengrab of Gala event via YouTube

The University of Aberdeen celebrated Chinese New Year in an online gala on February 16th, sharing a message of "hope and courage" for the start of the Year of the Ox.

The show consisted of pre-recorded online performances from friends of the Aberdeen Confucius Institute and students from the University and from around the globe, including partner institution, the University of Wuhan.

Being a time of reunion for students and their families, this year’s Spring Festival was especially significant since many could not return to their homes or gather with their loved ones due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The gala started with an introductory video of Aberdeen, followed by various performances of Kung Fu, street dance, traditional dance, singing and music performances, narrative prose reading, calligraphy and even family vlogs and traditional Chinese recipes among others.

The show was an opportunity to celebrate Chinese culture among students, staff and local communities, including those who are overseas.

Wu Chufan, host of this year’s show explained how “The Spring Festival is the time for reunion. The word “home” has special meaning to all Chinese”.

Yu Jiabei, also a host added: “All alone in a foreign land I am twice as homesick on this day. Watching TV gala shows and making phone calls to family back in China at the break time of writing essays it’s simply a fact of international student life.”

“This Spring Festival we can’t even spend time with our friends in Aberdeen, but none of us give up. We’re still trying hard to send our best wishes to each other by making this show work.”

The gala show is available to watch on YouTube, here.


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