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Chinese New Year Celebrations at University of Nottingham

Yee Sang and Mandarin Oranges

Chinese New Year is celebrated on a grand scale across Malaysia and it is no different at University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM). To usher in the Lunar New Year UNM traditionally hosts two grand celebrations, one by the Careers Advisory Services (CAS) and the other by the Graduate School.

The Graduate School held its early celebrations on 23 January with a luncheon that was attended by its postgraduate students.  During the luncheon, attendees had the opportunity to sample an array of sumptuous Chinese dishes. No Chinese New Year celebration is complete without Mandarin oranges and these were distributed in abundance to all attendees. These fruits are said to represent gold and good fortune, and are ubiquitous during the season.

As is customary, the festivities kicked off with the tossing of the yee sang, also known as Spring Toss. The yee sang is a Teochew-style raw fish salad with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments. The ingredients are traditionally mixed together and then tossed into the air to represent the rise of good fortune. It is believed that the higher you toss your yee sang, the greater your fortune.

According to University of Nottingham Malaysia Head of Graduate School, Deepa Kumari Veerasingam: This is an annual event that we host and it offers a great chance for our international students to learn about the Chinese culture in Malaysia. It is a great opportunity for postgraduates to unite and share the joy and excitement of this celebration. It is also a time where our cultural exchange takes place where they compare their own traditions with the one they experience during this festive season. 

The Chinese New Year celebrations by Career Advisory Services (CAS) on the other hand, will take place on 19 February when students return to the University. In addition to celebrating the Year of the Earth Pig, the event also will serve as a platform to create awareness about CAS’ services, events and activities.

In addition to the delectable food, CAS will also organise a host of activities and serve Mandarin oranges and fortune cookies to ensure everyone will get into the festive spirit. Traditional classical music is also a must at this event. This event will present an opportunity for students to get to know and network with their career advisors. Students will also able to participate in career tests and IQ quizzes, enabling them to discover more about themselves. 

According to University of Nottingham Malaysia Head of Career Advisory Services, Alicia Ch’ng: We capitalise on Chinese New Year to welcome new students and introduce them to the services which are on offer to students.


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Posted on 19th February 2019

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