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Year of the Dragon: Celebration of Chinese New Year

Year of the Dragon: Celebration of Chinese New Year

The New Year celebration is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2024 is the Year of the Dragon, a symbol of power and strength. Join us on March 2 for a celebration organized by the Asian Studies Research Club at SWPS University.

The Significance of Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is a significant cultural event celebrated across China and many Asian communities worldwide. It marks the beginning of the lunar calendar's new year, typically falling between January 21 and February 20 on the Western calendar. This year, the festivities kicked off on February 10, ushering in the Year of the Dragon.

Rooted in centuries-old agrarian traditions, Chinese New Year is a time for families to reunite, reflect on the past year, and welcome the fresh start with hope and optimism. The dragon, the only mythical creature in the Chinese zodiac, symbolizes luck, strength, and ambition, making the Year of the Dragon particularly auspicious.

The celebrations last for 15 days. During this time, streets are adorned with vibrant red decorations, symbolizing luck and prosperity. In China, the Spring Festival is accompanied by a week-long holiday, allowing people to travel home and spend time with their families. The atmosphere is electric, with bustling markets, colorful parades, and the crackle of fireworks illuminating the night sky.

春节 at SWPS University

Celebrating 春节 (Spring Festival) at SWPS University has become a yearly tradition spearheaded by the Asian Studies Research Club. We believe that the way we start the year sets the tone for the months ahead. Therefore, our event will immerse you in the rich Chinese cultural heritage!

Join us on March 2, from 11:00 to 18:00, for an exciting day filled with vibrant Chinese culture. Participate in a tea ceremony or a traditional music concert, and visit our exhibitors' booths to enjoy various activities and experiences, including:

  • a photo booth where visitors can dress up in traditional Chinese apparel
  • crafting session to create your own paper dragon
  • Chinese calligraphy workshops
  • Yijing fortune-telling

Lectures conducted during the event will be held in Polish. For more details, including the event program, visit our Polish webpage

Explore New Horizons: Study English with Chinese at SWPS University

SWPS University is an important center for East-Asia Studies in Poland. Our Department of Asian Studies boasts an extensive library of texts and multimedia resources on Asian history, politics, and culture. In addition, our East Asian Civilization Research Center conducts in-depth studies on the region's culture, economy, and politics, focusing on Mainland China, Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan.

If you love exploring other cultures, learning new languages, and meeting diverse people, the English Studies with Mandarin program offered by SWPS University could be just the thing for you.

You will study English and Mandarin simultaneously. The English courses are designed to enhance your language proficiency to CEFR C1 level and cover linguistics, intensive language development, and the cultural background of English-speaking countries. The Mandarin classes start at the beginner level and gradually build up your language skills to reach the B2 level or higher.

English Studies with Chinese (Mandarin)
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