The Spring Festival holds a special place in the hearts of Chinese people, evoking the warmest anticipation. Even for Chinese overseas students, the festive spirit and nostalgia for their homeland remain undiminished by distance. Whether it's shopping, enjoying lion dances, donning new clothes, or preparing the New Year's Eve dinner, these rituals connect them to their cultural roots. Let's join them in experiencing a diverse Chinese New Year, from thousands of miles away.
For Enid, purchasing New Year's goods has always been the tradition shedeeply anticipated in her childhood."Back then, my family took care of everything, and I simply enjoyed the food and received red envelopes. Now, as a student in the United States, it's my turn to prepare for the Spring Festival." Compared to everyday shopping, buying New Year's goods brings her unparalleled excitement and warmth."In a foreign country, I've always sought to embrace local culture and partake in their festivals. But when I think about the Spring Festival, I feel completely embraced by Chinese culture, recreating the most familiar New Year happiness from my memories."
Gu Sijia, an overseas student in the UK, holds a deep affection for Chinese calligraphy brush, inkstick, inkstone, and paper due to her lifelong practice of calligraphy. For her, writing the character "Fu" and couplets with features of the Chinese zodiacserves as a meaningful way to evoke the spirit of the Chinese New Year and extend blessings.Reflecting on her experiences, Wang Yuezhu, who studies in France, shares, "Back home, New Year's Eve always meant family reunions. Regardless of distance, we would gather for a reunion dinner." However, this year is special for her as she celebrates the Spring Festival with friends who are far from their hometowns. They bring the New Year's Eve dinner to Iceland. From ingredient preparation to cooking, plating, and taking photos, everyone showcases their culinary prowess, culminating in a joyous feast featuring dishes like sour soup fish, potato beef brisket, dumplings, and enoki mushroom soup.
Meanwhile, in Melbourne, Ash reserves a table at Olinda Tea House to enjoy the traditional lion dance performance during the Spring Festival. Amidst the lively drumbeats, the lion dancers present cabbage and red envelopes, symbolizing blessings of wealth and good fortune. With graceful leaps and playful tumbles, the lion captivates Ash and her friends, adding to the festive ambiance with its charming display.
"Food holds paramount importance in the lives of people." Food not only stands out as the centerpiece of the Spring Festival but also serves as a bond among the Chinese.
In Chinese restaurants, the lanterns not only contribute to the festive atmosphere but also illuminate Wang Yuezhu's profound sense of belonging. She reflects, "From my hometown to a foreign land, we carry Chinese culture to the global stage. At the same time, Chinese culture always beckons us back to reunion."
During the Spring Festival, numerous celebrations will unfold throughout the UK. Notably, London's Chinatown hosts the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia. The vibrant streets here will be embellished with lanterns, Chinese knots, andadornedfloats. Spectators can immerse themselves in the spectacle of traditional dragon and lion dances, alongside captivating performances of Chinese music, dance, and martial arts.
Source：Yangcheng Evening News
文｜羊城晚报记者 孙唯 实习生 胡雨潇 李博