Chinese New Year Party at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou

Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese (lunar) calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, which means the first day of the Season of Spring. Traditionally, Chinese people call the New Year “Nian” and “Guo Nian” is commonly used to refer to the act of celebrating the arrival of the Chinese new year. It’s time to bid farewell to the Year of the Monkey and Usher in the year of the Rooster. Chinese new year a great valued cultural practice begins 28th of January (Saturday) this year and will last for 15 days.Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year varies widely. In the evening preceding Chinese families gather for the annual reunion dinner.

At the ZCMU, many Chinese and international student celebrated it by a get-together lunch. Dinning hall was fully decorated with red ribbons, red Chinese lantern, red color paper-cuts and couplets theme which is popularly known for good fortune and happiness,  wealth, and  longevity.
Dean of the university Mrs. Ella Wang blessed all students for a prosper new year and gifted red packet (Hong Bao) of money to each student and Oranges (Fruit) as a symbol  good luck.

Delicious food items served at a Chinese new year celebration which also have it’s own cultural beliefs like dumplings, lettuce or clams for prosperity, shrimp for happiness, noodles for longevity, and chicken to represent a proper beginning and end to the year.