TEESSIDE University students held a Chinese banquet with live entertainment to celebrate Chinese New Year.
The cultural event was held at the Terrace Bar in Teesside University’s award winning Student Union.
Over 400 students and members of the public attended the event, everyone was free to watch the entertainment and the price of the Chinese buffet was just £3 per person.
A wide range of traditional Chinese food was available to everyone. The dishes included pork in black bean sauce; egg fried rice; and aubergine in oyster sauce.
The catering was provided by local catering company “The Other Perspective”. The company provides food for all of Teesside University’s big events.
Bini Araia, Director of The Other Perspective said: “It’s key for success to show that you care and embrace other people’s culture.
“One way of showcasing that is by celebrating their key dates and events.”
Bini added: “I think it’s important that we value and encourage institutions to do similar things to what Teesside University is doing at the moment.”
As well as Chinese food, guests were treated to a live Chinese Dragon dance show.
The Chinese Dragon dance was performed by a team of two performers in a dragon costume.
Traditionally, the Chinese Dragon is supposed to bring good luck to the community. The longer the dragon, the more luck it will bring.
The UK is home to over 430,000 international students and over 11% percent of them come from China.
Michael Lavery, Executive Director of External Relations, said: “Events such as this support the integration of our international student body to make them feel welcome at the University.
“As a result, in the recent International Student Barometer 2015, Teesside was ranked as one of the top three Universities in the UK for overall satisfaction amongst its international students.”
2016 is the year of the Monkey. The year of the Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac calendar.
According to Chinese legend, this year is supposed to bring good fortune to people also born in a year of the Monkey.
Mr Lavery added: “Bringing people together in a social situation to celebrate the customs of different cultures, such as Chinese New Year, helps to promote tolerance and understanding.
“It also equips our students with an international perspective and prepares them to be part of a global workforce.”