The Dragon comes to Coventry

The year of the Dragon starts today as Chinese all over the world celebrates New Year 2012.

As part of one world week, Coventry University Culturae Mundi celebrates Chinese New Year, the year of the Dragon.

The programme took place at the Hub from 3pm till 8pm this evening.

The sweet sound of the orient, the pounding of the Chinese traditional drums and the dance of the Dragon was a spectacular sight to behold. This Dragon dance was immediately followed by TaiChi, a dance that is very prominent in China because of its health benefits.

The Chinese New Year is the most important day for the Chinese and in China; it is a celebration that lasts for 15 days.

In Chinese mythology, the dragon is very special and revered. Unlike in the western world where the dragon represents fierce creatures that are slain by knights, for the Chinese the dragon is a symbol of power, superiority, strength, and good luck. It is also believed that those born on this year are powerful and ambitious.

These were what some student had to say when ask what the celebration means to them.

Aijia a second year business administration student say: “The celebration has given me the chance to know more people and also to see how the world outside China celebrates our New Year”.

Jingya Liu also known as Grace says: “This occasion is special for me as I never imagined the university will hold such a gala for the Chinese students.”

Sunny a third year Journalism and Media student say: “I feel a sense of warmth. Even though, I am a foreigner, Coventry University recognises what this celebration means to us. I really miss my parents”.

The celebration carries on from 9pm tomorrow up until the wee hours of 2am.

Xin Nian Kuai Le! That’s Happy New Year in Chinese.

Picture: Kind courtesy of Diana Stefanescu

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