ON Feb.9, ECNU held a Spring Festival Gala for students staying on campus during the winter vacation.
Feb. 9 was the Little New Year, or Chinese Xiaonian, a festival that falls on the 23rd or 24th of the 12th month of the Chinese lunar year. It is also known as the Festival of the Kitchen God, the deity who oversees the moral character of each household. In China, people often begin their celebration of the Spring Festival on the Little New Year.
The gala is an annual Spring Festival celebration for students who choose not to return to their hometowns for family reunion during the most important traditional Chinese festival.
More than 600 students and teachers attended this year’s gala，staged at the Huamin Dining Hall at Minhang campus, to usher in the upcoming Year of the Dog.During the Gala,various perfomances and games were held.
Chairman of ECNU Council Tong Shijun,president Qian Xuhong and vice chairman of ECNU Council Fang Ping drew lots and announced the lucky winners. They sent new year greetings to those attending the Gala, ate dumplings and chatted with them.
Besides the Gala, the university also arranged an array of activities to make the students’ stay less lonely during the Spring Festival.