31st of January marked the 11th annual celebration of Chinese Burns Night. This event was hosted by the EEE society in collaboration with Strathclyde University Hong Kong Society and Chinese Students and Scholars Association. Matthew Lim Wei Aun from Strath Photo Club came along to the event to capture some shots of the exciting activities on display and president of the EEE society, Emma Webster, has written this blog entry about the planning and running of the event.
The Chinese Burns Night is a long-standing and highly anticipated event in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department. It celebrates Burns Night and Chinese New Year, and welcomes new exchange students from China. There are a wide range of activities, ensuring there really is something for everyone.
The night began frantically. Ten minutes before it was about to kick off, half of the organisers were missing due to last-minute emergencies. A playlist and decorations have never been whipped up as quickly as we managed on Thursday!
The stress was worth it as guests began arriving.
As guests entered, they were welcomed with lucky red envelopes. These gifts were added this year to make the event more in line with Chinese New Year traditions.
The EEE society’s sponsor Tempo Tea created a specialised tea for this event! The colours and flavours were chosen to represent the celebration of Chinese and Scottish cultures.
Everyone was welcomed to each society’s culture booth. These showed why and how Burns Night and Chinese New Year are celebrated. There was even a stall to learn how to write your name in Chinese which was greatly enjoyed!
Traditionally, the favourite part of the night is the large buffet of Scottish cuisine. Before people dug in, welcome speeches and Burns poems were performed along with some bagpiping.
After dinner, everyone was invited to watch the spectacular Lion Dancing performance. For the first time, the troop included 2 Lions and a Big Buddha in the amazing show.
Thanks to the Lochy Ceilidh Band, guests were the treated to a Scottish workout. This was challenging as a lot of students were ceilidh dancing for the first time ever!
The night finished with some impressive KTV (Chinese Karaoke) which made me realise my singing should be kept to the shower!
Despite the stresses of organising this, the night was amazing and everyone who attended enjoyed the variety of activities they could take part in.
Until next year…
???? – Happy New Year
?????? – Wishing you good luck in the Year of the Pig'
- Emma Webster, EEE Society President
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