Renowned for being one of the biggest celebrations across the globe, Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday 1st February this year, seeing us say goodbye to the Year of the Ox and a big hello to the Year of the Tiger 🐯
If you’re wondering why the Chinese New Year is on 1st February and not January, then let us enlighten you. The Chinese New Year is not based on the calendar you might find on your iPhone, but on a lunisolar calendar. As the name suggests, a lunisolar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and the sun, and the Chinese New Year is held on the day of the first moon of this calendar (why you might also know it as Lunar New Year).
The other cool thing is that each year within the Chinese lunisolar calendar is represented by an animal (the 12 zodiac animals) and it's said that people possess certain traits of the animal of the year they were born. So anyone born in the Year of the Tiger will be brave, confident and a little competitive... check out your Chinese zodiac animal here.
The best thing about the Chinese New Year though, is that it is one hell of a party! It’s actually a 7 day party in China as it’s a public holiday, so we thought what better opportunity to show off how our Canvas cities are celebrating.
Canvas Wembley are celebrating with fortune cookies and traditional Chinese goodies throughout the day on 1st February - make sure to stop by Reception to say Happy New Year / 新年快乐 to the team and enjoy a colourful gift to help decorate your Canvas room.
Chinese New Year celebrations in London's Chinatown have been scaled back this year, but there will still be a small-scale lion dance and a night market in Newport Place with video screens showing pre-recorded performances. There's still plenty of ways to celebrate in the capital though - here's our top 5 suggestions:
🧧 Chow your way through London’s best Chinese restaurants
🧧 Enjoy ‘The Tiger Who Came For Tea’ afternoon tea at Bun House
🧧 Check out lion dancing, fan making and Tai Chi workshops at Greenwich's National Maritime Museum
🧧 See the tiger lanterns at the Light Festival at Battersea Power Station
🧧 Learn about Chinatown Stories on the ‘Community-led walking tour’
Got any more recommendations for how to celebrate Chinese New Year in London? Let us know at @canvas_studentuk.
Canvas Coventry are celebrating with fortune cookies and traditional Chinese goodies from 6pm on 1st February - make sure to stop by the Common Room to say Happy New Year / 新年快乐 to the team and enjoy a colourful gift to help decorate your Canvas room.
The Confucius Institute at Coventry Uni are also inviting the Coventry community to take part in Chinese calligraphy, handkerchief spinning, Tai Chi lessons and a spinning wheel competition to win some super exciting prizes - tonnes of excuses to celebrate Chinese New Year, even if you don't currently attend Coventry Uni.
Plus, make sure to check out our favourite Chinese restaurant in Coventry:
🚶 3 Fairfax St, Coventry, CV1 5SR - 10 min walk from Canvas Coventry
Got any more recommendations for how to celebrate Chinese New Year in Coventry? Let us know at @canvas_studentuk.
Bristol Museum will be welcoming the Year of the Tiger with a range of live performances - from traditional Chinese dances to martial arts demonstrations. There'll also be a tiger detective trail where you can search for tigers throughout the museum (and channel your inner child).
Got any more recommendations for how to celebrate Chinese New Year in Bristol? Let us know at @canvas_studentuk.
The Canvas Glasgow team are celebrating with free treats in the Common Area all day and decorations across the building. Don't forget to check in and say Happy New Year / 新年快乐 to the team and enjoy a colourful gift to help decorate your Canvas room.
In previous years, large Chinese New Years celebrations would have flooded the streets of Glasgow however this will be scaled back in 2022. We'd recommend spending the New Years with friends and family at our favourite Chinese restaurant:
🚆 98 Byres Rd, Glasgow, G12 8TB - 20 min journey from Canvas Glasgow
Or if you feel more comfortable staying at home, check out a few ideas for celebrating Chinese New Year virtually.
Got any more recommendations for how to celebrate Chinese New Year in Glasgow? Let us know at @canvas_studentuk.
The Chinese believe a good start to the year spent with friends and family will lead to a lucky year, so all that is left to say is Happy Year of the Tiger and we hope it’s a great one for all of you - now let's celebrate in style 💃