NUS MBA Chinese New Year Celebrations: Together in Diversity
Two students blog about their Chinese New Year experiences.
This Year of Tiger came early for NUS MBA students. On February 5, the NUS MBA Student Council staged Chinese New Year Celebrations at Munchie Monkey. Chinese New Year marks the start of new year on the lunar calendar and the start of spring. Though, it was initially celebrated in mainland China, the dispersion of Chinese descendents around the globe now mean that this festival is then celebrated all over the world. Hence, this year Spring Festival in NUS also celebrated diversity. Students from other countries such as Canada, India, Indonesia, Korea, and the Philippines to name the few were being involved with the celebration. We had good food, good entertainment, and most importantly good company… After all, the gist of Chinese New Year celebration is indeed togetherness.
NUS MBA student Gao Xiang relives the moments from his second Chinese New Year festival with the MBA cohort at NUS.
Big orange & red crackers and golden fishes.. my second Chinese New Year in NUS started with a prosperous omen. I didn’t feel lonely, even thousands of miles away from home. Sharing the happiness of 2009 Chinese New Year with the MBA cohorts made me feel at home.
I was amazed by the exciting shows prepared by MBA and IMBA students. It was very refreshing to see a lot of overseas Chinese friends also participated in organizing the celebrations. Karla from Philippines, Esti from Indonesia, Claire from Singapore and Hnin from Myanmar: not only girls from China, but also from many other regions, all dressed in Chinese traditional costumes, making the celebration colorful and shining. Thanks for the excellent shows from many exchange students from Zhejiang University and Xi’an Jiaotong University. Their performance and versatility radiated the whole venue. Some beautiful song performances by members of my junior batch added to the ambience.
Chinese student Gao Xiang talks about celebrating the most important holiday in Chinese culture away from home.
Spring Festival, the first day of Jan on Lunar Calendar, is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. In tradition, before new-year eve the young and the old all return home to celebrate lunar new-year with their folks. Ordinarily, the spectacular celebration can last for 15 days till lantern Festival.
For most of our Chinese students, it is the first time to be far away from home during new-year period. Rather than spend a peaceful new-year overseas, Chinese students decided to host a carnival and celebrate with international friends from MBA program. The organizing procedure involved much contribution from Chinese students and financial and technical assistance from supportive MBA office. On 2 Feb 2007, in Munchie Monkey Café, the unforgettable night started.