17 February 2021

How to celebrate Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year, sometimes known as Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, is the most important festival in east and south-east Asia. It is a time for families to be together and is regarded as an official public holiday.

Join us for this online talk about the origins of the festival, how it has been celebrated traditionally and how it is now feted worldwide.

Discover the main traditional activities during Lunar New Year such as putting up decorations; enjoying a special family New Year’s Eve meal; the use of firecrackers and fireworks; and giving red envelopes and other gifts.

Speaker: Stella Wang. Born and bred in Beijing, China, Stella has now settled in Bristol, UK. She works as a careers specialist in Higher Education, but writes about culture and travel in her spare time.

This talk is part of our Lunar New Year celebrations. Brought to you by Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in association with KALA CHNG.

The Year of the Ox starts on 12 February and ends on 30 January 2022. According to the Chinese Zodiac people born in a year of the Ox are honest, trustworthy, diligent, dependable, strong and determined.

Browse our beautiful collection of Lunar New Year merchandise in our online shop.

How to take part

This free, online discussion will be held over Zoom webinar. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 2pm on Wednesday 17 February.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly.  You are welcome to ask questions in the Q & A box throughout the talk.

With thanks to our Lunar New Year festival sponsors: University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.

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