Connecting the old with the new at Chinese New Year

Posted on 4th February 2014

Students and staff at the University of Chester have celebrated the start of the Year of the Horse in the first of a series of activities.

Dr Haili Ma, with students Lea Auffredou and Emma Wighton
Dr Haili Ma, with students Lea Auffredou and Emma Wighton

On Friday, January 31 – Chinese New Year’s Eve – a dumpling making demonstration took place in the University’s Binks Building on the Main Campus, on Parkgate Road.

The series of celebratory events has been organised by Dr Haili Ma, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies with the Department of Modern Languages at the University.

She explained: “’Jiaozi’, the Chinese word for dumpling, literally means to connect the old time with the new time. The 31st is the Chinese New Year's Eve and it is traditional for the family members to get together, making and cooking dumplings from early evening until past midnight.

“This is the first year that the University has offered Chinese Studies, and the first time these types of events have been organised to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We received great support from many departments across the Campus, in particular the Catering Services team in the Binks Refectory, which has allowed the dumpling demonstration to be a huge success. It was fantastic to see so many people taking part and enjoying themselves.”

Further events organised to take place throughout the 15-day celebration period include a Chinese food display, in collaboration with the Chinese Students and Scholars’ Association, which involves a cooking competition and tasting session. To mark the end of the festivities, there will also be a Chinese lantern making demonstration taking place on February 14.