Chinese New Year celebrations take place from 16 to 18 February, when the Year of the Dog is ushered in. Even if you’re not Chinese it's a great excuse to celebrate all things Chinese and witness celebrations up and down the country. Here are a few ways you can join in the fun:
Cook a Chinese meal
It's estimated that around one in six people across the world will be celebrating so why not join in the fun and cook up an authentic Chinese meal for you and your flatmates. Derby has its own Chinese Supermarket so getting the right ingredients should be easy . Just pop into Chung Wah, 1-2 Wilmot Street, Derby DE1 2JJ. Tel: 01332 299338. Then try out some easy Chinese recipes.
Celebrate with Derby's International students
The International Student Centre would like to invite you to join the University of Derby Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival tea party, and celebrate this special occasion with students from across Asia at Blends Cafe, at Kedleston Road campus. Come along on Friday 23 February 3-5pm. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/392441524502022/
Join the big city celebrations
Big cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham are worth a visit to see the dragon parade, fireworks and lion dancers.
Buxton students could catch a bus or train to nearby Manchester. Most activities will be going on in Chinatown around St Anne's and Albert Square throughout the weekend. Find out more.
Students based in Derby can get to Birmingham easily on the train. Most activities will be happening on Sunday 18 February from 11.30am to 5pm in Birmingham City Centre, China Town and Hurst Street. Find out more
London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia. Enjoy the parade, lion dances and delicious Chinese street food in China Town and the West End. Find out more.
Here’s to a very successful Year of the Dog!