Aston says ‘kung hei fat choy’ to its students

14 February 2005

Aston says ‘kung hei fat choy’ to its students

ASTON University is seeing in The Chinese Year of the Rooster in style with a series of special events on Wednesday 16 February kicking off with a traditional lion dance across campus.

The event has been conjointly organised by the Aston Chinese Student Society, the Singaporean Society and Aston Students’ Guild to give the opportunity to all Aston students and staff, regardless of their cultural heritage, to celebrate and experience the profoundness of Chinese culture during this symbolic occasion. Chinese and Singaporean students from Birmingham and Warwick universities have also been invited.

The celebrations will begin at 12.50pm with firecrackers and the decorative lion dance outside the Aston Students’ Guild. The lion, with its painted tail and dotted eyes, is used as a sign of good luck for the following year, while drums and firecrackers are used to drive away bad luck. Special guest, Aston University Pro-Vice Chancellor and International Consultant to the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examination Board, Professor Nigel Reeves will accompany the dance and then give a short speech to open the event.

Other activities that will be taking place throughout the afternoon include Kung Fu demonstrations, bamboo dancing, Chinese horoscope reading, translation of English names and Chinese calligraphy. There will also be stalls set up by locally invited companies providing samples of freshly prepared Chinese food, traditional games and decorations and an information desk to answer any questions on Chinese New Year traditions.

Wendy Yip, Head of the International Office at Aston, said: ‘We are pleased that the Students' Guild along with the Chinese Society and the Singaporean Society has chosen to�celebrate the Year of the Rooster with such a diverse range of events.� Aston University is a truly international institution with students from over 70 countries and these events both highlight and celebrate the diversity of our campus culture.’

Written by Babs Coombes. For further information or if you wish to attend the event please contact me on 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk.

Notes to editors:

1. Press and photographers are welcome to attend the event and should arrive at Aston University at 12.30pm. Please contact me on 0121 204 4549 or email b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk if you intend to come along so that security can be notified and car parking can be arranged if required.

2. Photographs will be available prior to the event, taken by a professional photographer.

3. The lion dance will take place from 12.50pm – 1.15pm followed by an opening speech by Professor Nigel Reeves.

4. Kung Fu demonstrations will take place at 1.15pm and 2.30pm.

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