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Birkbeck celebrates Lunar New Year with vibrant event to welcome in Year of the Dragon

The event took place on Thursday 8 February at Birkbeck’s Terrace 5 Restaurant.

A group of people stand together smiling in a bar. There are red paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling and a sign that reads 'Happy new year'.

In a vibrant display of cultural unity and celebration, staff and students at Birkbeck enjoyed a Lunar New Year celebration, marking the commencement of the Year of the Dragon. Based at Birkbeck’s Terrace 5 Restaurant in the Malet Street building in Bloomsbury, the event showcased an afternoon of festivities, feasting, and cultural exchange. 

Lunar New Year, often referred to as the Spring Festival, holds profound significance in numerous East Asian countries, including China, Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam. Beyond its symbolic association with the lunar calendar, it embodies themes of renewal, familial bonds, and prosperity. Birkbeck University's celebration seeks to honour these traditions while fostering a sense of community among its diverse student and staff population. 

The event invited both staff and students to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Lunar New Year customs. Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy a variety of cuisines, partake in traditional festivities, and engage in interactive activities aimed at embracing the spirit of the occasion. From calligraphy sessions to lively quizzes, the event was designed to encapsulate the essence of this joyous season. Participants also enjoyed an array of prizes that were handed out throughout the event, adding an extra layer of excitement to the festivities. 

Sammie Wang, International Officer for East Asia at Birkbeck, commented: "It was a pleasure to see our staff and students come together to commemorate the Year of the Dragon. Lunar New Year transcends cultural boundaries, serving as a time for reflection, unity, and hope. This event not only celebrated our diverse community but also underscored the importance of embracing cultural diversity within our educational environment." 

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