A special festival introduction episode was live streamed from the Suzhou campus to SKEMA's international students to introduce the origin of the festival, and some of the most celebrated traditions and customs during the festival. This was followed by a craft workshop of paper cutting (traditional folk art) where students get to learn and work on their craft of paper cutting which is often used as festival decoration in China.
Also, for on-campus students who are staying in Suzhou for the spring festival, SKEMA Suzhou sent out a special Chinese new year gift package which contains spring couplets, paper cutting decoration, hong bao(red envelope), spring festival card, and one pack of local rice.
Leon, the SKEMA mascot, also came to the SKEMA Suzhou campus. Not only did he send a WeChat red envelope with his own cover to SKEMA's Chinese social media fans, he also sent a red envelope to everyone on the first day of the new year, which was warmly welcomed by everyone.
“The Chinese Spring Festival is the most important, nationally celebrated traditional festival in China. By introducing traditions and stories behind the festival, we hope to facilitate students’ understanding of this Chinese festival - why is it so important to Chinese families, what people usually do to celebrate and the wishes and meanings often conveyed during the festival.” explained Jason Kim, student life supervisor on the SKEMA Suzhou campus.
Matthieu Dumont, SKEMA China campus director shared his wishes: "I wish a fantastic Chinese new year to the whole SKEMA community around the world with a special wish: perfect health for everyone at this special time. Have a great celebration with your loved ones!"