Chinese New Year is fast approaching and is likely to be another colourful celebration for all to enjoy.
Also known as Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.
The celebration focuses on removing the bad and the old whilst welcoming the new and the good. It is used as a time to practice traditional customs such as worshipping ancestors, exorcising evil spirits and praying for a good harvest.
This year is the Year of the Tiger and there are many ways to celebrate, such as putting up decorations, giving red envelopes and other gifts to each other, and watching dragon dances.
For those who wish to honour the Lunar New Year – which takes place on February 1 – in Bristol, here are five ways to do so.
Welcoming the Year of the Tiger
Senate House, Bristol, BS8 1TH
Bristol University’s Alternative Asians society is hosting an event on February 3, which aims to unite members of the Asian community who may often feel disconnected from their culture.
The organisers explain the session will allow attendees to discuss “keeping in touch with your cultural heritage whilst at University, and the value of celebrating your identity, without feeling the need to hide your true self”.
The session will be “a celebration of cultural diversity”.
The event runs from 5pm – 6.30pm and all Asian students are invited to attend. Free traditional snacks and Boba (bubble tea) will also be provided.
Those interested can register on Eventbrite.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Bristol International Student Centre, 45 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1UT
The Bristol International Student Centre is hosting a traditional feast for all East Asian Students. All are welcome, no matter how informed they are on Lunar New Year traditions.
The night promises “traditions, authentic food and a night of fun and festivity”.
The feast will be hosted on January 12 between 7pm – 9.30 pm. Tickets can be purchased for £12 from Eventbrite.
Bristol K-pop Lunar New Year
78 Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1QU
For those who want to see the Lunar New Year in with a party, Gravity nightclub has you covered.
DJ Emkay, known as one of the UK’s best KPOP DJs, will be bringing the best of the genre to Bristol. The main room promises to play hits from KPOP favourites such as BlackPink, BTS and Exo.
Gravity will also be selling popular Korean liquor Soju on the night.
The event will take place on January 27 from 10.30pm. Standard tickets can be purchased from Fatsoma for £12.50.
Filwood Lunar New Year Project
Barnstaple Rd, Bristol BS4 1JP
World dance company Movema will be putting on four weeks of community dance and craft workshops based on the theme of the Lunar New Year of the Water-Tiger.
The classes are friendly and inclusive and are open to adults of all abilities, teens aged 13- 17 with permission from a guardian or families with children aged 5-12 years.
There will be two performances following the classes with the first taking place on Saturday, February 5 at Filwood Community Centre and the second on Sunday, February 6 at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.
The classes will take place on Wednesdays from 6-7 pm at Filwood Community Centre, on 12, 19, 26 of Jan and Feb 2.
Lunar New Year: Year of the Tiger
Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL
Bristol Museum will be welcoming the Year of the Tiger with a range of live performances.
From traditional Chinese dances to martial arts demonstrations, Bristol Museum and its partners will be helping you learn about Chinese and Korean culture. As well as this, Chinese goods will be available for sale in the shop.
There will also be a tiger detective trail where you can search for tigers throughout the museum, bringing you a whole new adventure.
The festivities will be taking place from February 5 – February 6, from 10am – 5pm. Whilst entry is free, bookings are mandatory due to Covid and can be made on the website.
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