It’s been weeks since many popped a champagne cork, but for more than 3,000 University of Waterloo students from China, the new year is just about to begin.

Chinese New Year performance at the University of WaterlooThe most important cultural event for the University of Waterloo Chinese Students and Scholars Association (UWCSSA) will take place on campus on February 10th. The 2013 Spring Festival will give students a chance to gather with friends to celebrate the Year of the Snake.

“Many Chinese students have come here to study, but their families are not with them,” says Fan Gao, UWCSSA president. The festival is a “great opportunity for students to celebrate Chinese New Year with their friends through traditional music, drama, dance and culture.”

Globally, more than a billion people will usher in the new year with a week of festivities, feasts and firecrackers.

The February 10 event on campus starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Humanities Theatre in Hagey Hall. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. For more information link to UWCSSA.