Super College marks Chinese New Year

City of Glasgow College is marking Chinese New Year by illuminating its twin site super campus buildings.

The College has over 1,000 Chinese and Chinese origin students with 360 attending ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes.

Riverside campus on the banks of the Clyde and City campus on Glasgow’s Cathedral Street will be lit up in red which Chinese people consider to be a lucky colour that signifies happiness.

Some of the traditional ways to celebrate Chinese New Year are similar to Scottish New Year celebrations.

Xiulan He, from the South of China, is a first year ESOL student at the College and has been in Scotland for three years. She said:

“At home we would prepare a lot of special, different types of food for a big feast with our family. We would have a big hot pot in the middle of the table with chicken and fish so everyone can help themselves. Fish is very important in Chinese New Year. We believe it brings wealth and also that it is bad luck to turn a fish over, so we will only eat from the top of the fish on this day. Here, in Glasgow, I will celebrate on Friday, New Year’s Eve, by having a meal with friends in a restaurant.” 

Shu Huang is a second year City of Glasgow College ESOL student and has been in the UK for over 10 years now. She said:

“We would hold a small party to celebrate New Year coming. In the North of China, where I come from, we prepare only one or two dishes and for us vegetables play a very important part in the meal. My mother also will thoroughly clean the whole house so that it is spotless for New Year. We start celebrating from 23 January and begin preparing our food from then.

“The Chinese community in Glasgow often celebrate with a meal in a restaurant and with lion dancing and setting off fireworks. I will cook a big meal at home for family and friends and we will take all evening to enjoy it.”

Saturday 28 January 2017 heralds the year of the Rooster, the tenth in the 12 year cycle of Chinese zodiac signs. Lucky numbers for Roosters are 5, 7 and 8 and lucky colours are gold, brown and yellow.

Xīn Nián Kuài Lè  新年快乐