Welcoming the Year of the Rooster
An array of festivities to celebrate the new year
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An array of festivities to celebrate the new yearBy Nicole Bennett University Relations
Chinese New Year falls on January 28 this year, marking the beginning of the Year of the Rooster.
Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is an important cultural celebration for many Waterloo students, faculty and alumni. Among new international students arriving at Waterloo in 2015-16, about 65 per cent of undergraduate and 40 per cent of graduate students come from countries and regions that traditionally celebrate the new year, including China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia and Vietnam. Waterloo’s roots in the region run deep — 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the University’s Hong Kong Alumni Association.
This year, there are at least four opportunities for Waterloo students to celebrate Chinese New Year.