Mandarin department put on spectacular New Year celebrations.
Dragon dances, kung fu and zodiac storytelling were just some of the traditions that the City Campus community took part in, to celebrate Chinese New Year 2020.
Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate family and tradition, and to ask for prosperity and hope in the year ahead.
The celebrations at City Campus marked the occasion beautifully, with dancing dragons, dynamic drumming and some inspiring performances by our students.
Have you been wondering why the Years are named after animals? To help us answer this question, students presented a dramatised story of the Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao.
The legend goes that each of the 12 animals took part in a Great Race across a river. The order in which each animal finally crossed the finish line is the order we use to mark each Chinese New Year today.
Each animal took on the race in their own unique style - the Tiger sped down the river only to be slowed down by his wet fur; the Rabbit leapt onto a log and paddled his way across the water; the Ox lumbered along at the front of the pack, before the clever Rat hopped on the Ox’s back and was eventually declared the winner.
All the festivities were part of City Campus’s Mandarin programme, designed to give students a meaningful insight and immersion into Chinese culture.
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