Chinese new year is now just around the corner, ushering in the Year of the Goat on Thursday 19th February 2015.

Come and join in the celebrations with ICOM on Wednesday evening 18th at 6pm (Dragon dance at 7-7:30pm).

In China, the Chinese new year is also known as the Spring Festival and begins on the second full moon after winter solstice, following the lunar calendar which is why it is on a different date each year.

In Chinese astrology, there are 12 zodiac animals; the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Therefore, each year is associated to a specific animal sign, which assigns various animal and mythological zodiac signs to each month in any given year. The order was determined when time first began; all the animals had an argument about which one went first and the only fair way to determine who goes first was to have a race. The Rat finished first.

2015 sees in the year of the Goat. The animal sign you are born under and its interaction with the year of the Goat will determine your fortune for the coming year. Click here to see what’s in store for you in the year of the Goat.

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Friends of the college come and join us for the Chinese New Year Celebrations

In true ICOM spirit we will be welcoming in the new year with a dragon dance performed by our students, followed by the traditional banging of pots and pans to ‘ward off evil spirits’ and bring good luck to the college for the coming year.

The evening will continue with music, drinks dancing and general socialising. Our Chinese new year celebrations are often attended by past, present and intending students and as always family and friends are most welcome to come along to join in the celebrations. There is no need to book, just come along!