March 4, 2015 Facebook Twitter Linkedin

On Thursday, February 26, 2015 King’s International Office hosted its annual Lunar New Year Celebration and Dinner. The Lunar New Year marks the first day on both the Chinese and the Korean Lunar calendars. Although the biggest celebration is in China, many places with sizable ethnic Chinese populations — notably Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia — also celebrate the Lunar New Year. 2015 is the year of the Sheep, Goat and Ram which, according to experts, is projected to bring a calmer atmosphere in comparison to 2014.  

Over 60 international students and their peer guides gathered to celebrate this important holiday with a catered dinner of Fat Choi Ho Si Oysters, Yan Chow rice, Korean Dumplings, and fried shrimp among many other delicious dishes. Students also had the pleasure of singing along to recorded traditional Chinese music by Li Jiang and Korean New Year’s pop music (K-pop).

During the 40-day period in many parts of Asia, hundreds of millions of people travel home to celebrate the New Year with their friends and family. It is reportedly regarded as the world's largest annual human migration, making this year’s celebration all the more poignant as many international students are unable to travel home during this time.