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Lunar New Year 2023 | Year of the Rabbit

Happy New Year!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us celebrate Lunar New Year! We were delighted to see so many of you take part, sharing your cultures and learning new ones. You can have a look at some of our favourite photos from the event.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated in many parts of the world, by various names. Known as the Spring Festival in China, Seollal in Korea, and Tet in Vietnam, (among others), it celebrates the start of the new year according to the Chinese Zodiac. 2023 is the year of the Rabbit (also known as the year of the Cat in Vietnam).

Lion Dance, Firecrackers, Games, Crafts & Snacks
Friday 20 Jan, 4pm - 6.30pm, Oculus Field & SU Atrium

We're starting the celebrations off with a VERY LOUD BANG! Join us in marvelling at an exhilarating firecracker display on the Oculus Field from 5.30pm, followed by a traditional Lion Dance (to ward off bad luck) in the SU Atrium.

We will be hanging out in the SU atrium from 4pm - 6.30pm for traditional crafts, games, and of course, authentic snacks!

Collect your free lucky envelope/ pouch to bring you good luck in the new year!
Calligraphy, lucky crafts and creating new year decorations to hang up in your accommodation
Help yourself from a range of authentic snacks, get there nice and early for free hot dumplings!
Traditional board games (Mahjong, Yunnori, & more) to usher in the new year.
If you cannot make the event, or you just fancy staying in, don't get down in the dumplings. You can collect your free dumpling making kit from Rootes Grocery Store from 11am - 2pm, just pop along and bring your student ID card (first come, first served).

This event is brought to you in collaboration with several SU societies.

Lunar New Year Wishing Tree
Wednesday 25 Jan, 12pm - 1.30pm, Chaplaincy Square

Have you thought about your wish list for this year yet? Now is the time to make your wish! Write your wish on the paper, tie it to the tangerine and throw it into the tree - if it hangs, the wish will come true. If not, maybe you were a little too greedy...

Pop along to the Chaplaincy Square Link opens in a new window and join in to mark the Lunar New Year with this beautiful tradition, particularly popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan and other regions!

Lunar New Year Creations
Weds 25 Jan, 1.30pm - 4pm, Warwick Arts Centre

First, get creative with our artist-led zineLink opens in a new window making activity centred around new year traditions. Discover the significance of different customs and create your own zine to take home as a memento.

Next, get in the festive spirit with your own creative nail art; and/or try a selection of instruments with the Chinese Orchestra Society. There will also be Lunar New Year crafts with the Craft Society - and if you're feeling competitive, join in a game of Mahjong or Yutnori with friends and see who comes out on top.

We'll have snacks available throughout the event, so come ready to celebrate! Don't miss this opportunity to learn about and participate in new year traditions. We hope to see you there!

This event is brought to you in collaboration with the Arts Centre and several SU societies.

Other activity on campus

There are other ways to get involved and celebrate Lunar New Year, if you're planning something you want included on this page, get in touch to let us know via

Warwick Arts Centre screen Crazy Rich Asians
Sun 22 Jan, 1.40pm, Arts Centre

Join Warwick Arts Centre for a special screening of Crazy Rich Asians.

Crazy Rich Asians follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her long-time boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore but she is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.

A couple embrace as a crowd cheers in the background.

Welcome in the Lunar New Year with Warwick Esports!
Weds 25 Jan, 5pm - 11pm, Esports Centre

Warwick Esports invite you to join them in welcoming in the Year of the Rabbit with:

Seasonal Quiz
Calligraphy demonstrations
Demonstrations of Chinese Hanfu (traditional dress)
Themed games

You can also enjoy your favourite games, such as League of Legends, Valorant, and more; with in-house custom games and miniature tournaments! Or snuggle up with your favourite cosy game to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rabbit.