Happy Chinese New Year! The Star today celebrates the Year of the Horse by trotting out 12 pages - including our first two page spread written in Mandarin.
Can’t read Mandarin? We’ve also published the two page spread in English...and here it is online, below.
Today’s Star also features a Chinese take on our Grassroots sports supplement - this week renamed Far East Roots.
It takes a look at the many Chinese sports stars who have made Sheffield their home and training base.
KICKING OFF NEW YEAR FESTIVITIES
Hundreds of students from Sheffield University are coming together to celebrate Chinese New Year, writes Amy Pullan.
Also known as the spring festival, Chinese New Year is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar which commemorates the start of new life.
New Year festivities kick-off across the city today, on the first day of the lunar month, and continue until Saturday, February 15, when the moon is at its brightest.
The first week of the colourful and vibrant festival is celebrated with visits to family and friends, following special traditions designed to bring good luck.
With more than 10 per cent of the university student population made up of Chinese students, it is equally important for them to celebrate the special occasion, despite being almost 5,000 miles from their friends and family back home.
Jiaqi Xu, aged 23, a global journalism masters student, said she will be marking the event with her new friends.
She said: “Many of my new friends here at University are from the UK and Europe but I will be inviting them around for dumplings which is a traditional main course on New Year’s Eve.
“When I was a child I used to get so excited about Spring Festival as it meant a holiday, food, new clothes, a family reunion and a red envelope from relatives with money wrapped inside.
“I think dumplings, firecrackers and visits to relatives are indispensable parts of New Year celebrations. Pretty similar to Christmas in the UK, it is about family reunion and dinner.”
In the Chinese Zodiac calendar 2014 marks the Year of the Horse. According to astrologists babies born between now and February 18, 2015 are said to be extremely animated, active and energetic.
Jiaqi said: “I am a horse as I was born in 1990, which apparently represents independence and intelligence due to the swiftness of the horse.”
Business Management student Jianian Yan, 21, came to the city from his home in the Chinese city of Shanghai in September.
He said: “A common celebration is to set off fireworks on New Year’s Eve and it is a great time for the whole family to sit together and enjoy a wonderful meal.
“In China, we usually have a one-week holiday to mark the New Year, so we spend many days visiting friends and family.”
A number of activities and events will be taking place across the university campus and the wider city region over the next two weeks.
The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at the university is hosting a lantern festival, which is an important part of the New Year celebrations and symbolises unity and perfection and marks the end of the long holiday.
The show will take place at the university’s Octagon centre on Sunday, February 16, at 2pm, and will include traditional Chinese dancing, singing, and bands – all performed by Chinese students.
Alex Kohnert, university Students’ Union international officer, said it is imperative to celebrate cultural festivals.
He said: “Helping our international students celebrate their cultural festivals is extremely important to us.
“It provides not only a nice feeling of ‘home away from home’ for international students, but also provides British students with an exciting way to experience another culture and learn.
“Here at the university, we pride ourselves on being able to provide these kind of cultural experiences for all of our students, and Chinese New Year is a wonderful example of how we do so.”
* For more information about the university’s support for international students, visit www.weareinternational.org.uk.