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Travel the World: Festive Traditions

Tuesday 15 December, 2020 at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

During our last event of the Travel the World series this term, we present you with an exciting opportunity to experience how different cultures around the world celebrate winter festivitiesFestive traditions from around the world.

Join us for this virtual event.

Come along if you’re interested in learning about wintery traditions taking place in Ecuador, North East China, Ukraine, Nigeria and the UK. 

Carlos Sebastián Ayala, Project Manager for FARMS SAFE at the University’s Veterinary School, will be talking about December as it’s a month of celebrations in Ecuador:

“Ecuador is one the smallest and the most biodiverse country in South America. More than 13 nationalities co-habit within this incredible country! As such, December is the perfect occasion to showcase the series of popular customs that pass from ancestral traditions to religious syncretism. These festive traditions such as ‘Pase del Niño’, ‘Día de Inocentes’, ‘Viudas de Fin de año’, ‘La Diablada de Píllaro; and more; manifest the cultural richness of Ecuadorean people and becoming immaterial heritage of great national and international relevance.”

Accounting and Finance student, Shi Feng,  will be presenting on the winter and Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) in Heilongjiang Province, northeast of China. You’ll learn how the locals prepare for and celebrate this beautiful festivity.

First year Management student, Arina Hoinyk, will share Christmas traditions in Ukraine, including the history and festive food.

Third year medicine student Ijeoma Egbarin will take us all the way to Nigeria so you could learn about the way the country’s religion, traditions and culture influence how Ijeoma celebrates winter festivities with her family.

We will complete our world tour in the the UK, where Lizzie Feltham, the Global Lounge Marketing and Communications Officer will be talking about British festivities, including nativity, carol singing, food and pastimes amongst other traditions.

Brought to you as an interactive presentation, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for our speakers, or you can simply sit back, relax and listen.This is a fantastic chance to broaden your cultural knowledge, learn something new and be inspired to visit new places in the future and engage with students from all over the world.

The information presented in this event represents the personal views, observations and experiences of the speaker. We welcome your diverse range of questions with cultural sensitivity in mind.


Tuesday 15 December, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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