Travel the World: Lunar New Year

The University of Bristol Global Lounge is a cultural hub which invites all students (home and international) and staff, to come together to celebrate different cultures through community-building events. It aims to inspire social exchange, increase intercultural awareness and build meaningful relationships with, not only members of the University, but the Bristol community.

This year, the Global Lounge is pleased to be partnering with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, who have an entire programme of virtual events lined up in collaboration with communities around Bristol, to celebrate Lunar New Year 2021!


Sit back, relax, and discover new places with our Travel the World series!

On 16 February, you’ll have the opportunity to hear all about, and celebrate Lunar New Year 2021!

Join us for this virtual event.

Whether you celebrate Lunar New Year annually, or know very little about it, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about other cultures and connect with others during this global festivity.

Our speakers are keen to share the Lunar New Year activities and traditions  of their respective home-countries as part of this Travel the World special. Brought to you as a live interactive presentation, you’ll have the chance to ask any questions you may have at the end!

Chinese New Year celebrations being held in London, 2021

Students Ellesse and Lee will be treating us to an exploration of the New Years festivities in Malaysia. Ellesse is particularly keen to share about the confectionary eaten during the New Year, including the meaning behind the traditional Malay cookies, before talking more about her Foochow (or Fuzhou, a diasporic community) family traditions.

Next Shi, a postgraduate Accounting & Finance student, will present on the Chinese New Year. They’ll be outlining the origins and history of Chinese New Year, what the festival means to Chinese people, and how they celebrate it.

Finally, we’ll be learning about Korean New Years performers in Seoul the meaning of ‘Seollal’ (Korean Lunar New Year’s Day), from Dr Young Kim, a professor of Korean at the University of Bristol and teaching fellow at UCL. She’ll be discussing how the appearance of the traditional celebrations of ‘Seollal’ have changed over time, and will look into the concept of “Golden Holidays’ in comparison to more traditional customs.

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is also known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year. As this festival is based around the lunisolar calendar it means that the dates change each year; this year it starts on 12 February and ends on 30 January 2022.

Chinese New Year is represented by the Zodiac, with this year being the Year of the Ox. According to the Chinese Zodiac people born in a year of the Ox are honest, trustworthy, diligent, dependable, strong and determined!

Which Chinese zodiac are you?

Volunteering opportunities 

If you’re interested in volunteering and sharing your knowledge of a particular place for a Travel the World event; be it a country, county, city or region then please visit our volunteering page to find out more!

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.

View all of our other upcoming Travel the World events.