Celebrating Chinese New Year at the University of Leicester

Lunar New Year Message 2022

Professor Nishan Canagarajah President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Leicester sends his best wishes to everyone in the University of Leicester, China and around the world celebrating Lunar New Year.

Chinese New Year celebrates the start of the lunar New Year and is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. 

2020 marks the Year of the Rat, the first in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs. In Chinese culture rats are seen as a sign of wealth. It is thought that any children born in the Year of the Rat 2020 will lead stable lives and hold the grace of good fortune – great news for any children born this year.

Over the next two weeks there are lots of exciting celebrations taking place on campus, to celebrate Chinese New Year. On Friday 24 January at 1.00pm the traditional lion dance performance will take place in Centenary Square. Join us from 11.00am in the Students’ Union Square, on the same day, for our annual fortune cookie giveaway.

The city also marks the special occasion with a fortnight of celebrations in and around the city, including a traditional procession on Sunday 26 January featuring. It promises to be a great insight of traditional Chinese culture. The city’s celebrations conclude with a grand finale on 8 February in Humberstone Gate.