Students who will stay on campus during the Spring Festival had a taste of festivity on Jan. 21, one week before the Chinese New Year that falls on Jan. 28 this year, when ECNU’s Spring Festival Gala was held.
Jan. 21 was the Little New Year, or Chinese Xiaonian, a festival that falls on the 23rd or 24th of the 12th month of the 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 500 students and teachers attended this year’s gala，staged at the undergraduates’ dining hall at Minhang campus, to usher in the upcoming Year of the Rooster.
The revelry, featuring three chapters, began with Chinese instrumental music played by the Chinese orchestra of ECNU art troupe, which included the melody “Plum-blossom in Three Movements” “Galloping Horse”, and “Give Me a Rose”.
A couple dance by Uygur students, a solo “Shanghai Bund”, a cappella “Run to You”, and Tibetan dance “Wish You Lucky” stoked a feverish atmosphere while a collective dance “Little Apple” performed by staff members with the logistics department received applauses.
The “Message of Safety” session touched the hearts of the audiences, who used their smartphones to take selfies and sent the photos along with New Year wishes to their parents back at home.
The song of “I Love China” by music teacher Shi Chunxuanzi pushed the gala to an exciting climax.
Chairman of ECNU Council Tong Shijun and President Chun Qun drew lots and announced the lucky winners. After the gala ended, they ate dumplings with the students and chatted with them about their vacation life, study and career plans.
The university also arranged an array of activities to make the students’ stay less lonely during the Spring Festival.