The Lunar new year, popularly known as Chinese new year and as the Spring Festival, starts on 28 January 2017. This is a major festival celebrated by around 1/5 of people around the world! Sheffield has great links with China which help to boost our economy and diversity.

Interesting Chinese and Sheffield facts:

  1. The 2011 census showed that Sheffield had 7398 Chinese residents, a growth of 236% from 2001, that’s 1.3% of the population in the city
  2. The top Chinese wards in the city are Central with around half the Sheffield Chinese population, Walkley, Fulwood, Broomhill and Crookes, the Council website has more information on the Chinese community and other community knowledge profiles
  3. In the 1950’s and1960’s as Chinese cuisine gained popularity many Chinese people came to live and work in the UK and Sheffield in the catering industry
  4. University of Sheffield has over 4000 Chinese students, Sheffield Hallam University has 4,085 overseas students, 40 per cent of their non-EU students from China
  5. It is estimated* that international students make a net contribution of £120 million to Sheffield’s economy, that’s around 10% of our inward investment
  6. In 2016 Sheffield announced a 60 year partnership deal with Sichuan Guodong Construction Group, the largest agreement of it’s kind outside of London. The first tranche of funding of around £220 million will fund city centre projects over the next 3 years
  7. The Chinese New Year date changes every year depending on the Lunar calendar

    Chinese New Year 2007
    Chinese New Year celebrations Barkers Pool 2007
  8. Lunar years are represented by one of 12 animals. 2017 is the year of the rooster. Other rooster years included 1921, 1933,1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005. So if you were born in any of those years you are a Rooster!
  9. Rooster characteristics are said to include being charming, observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented
  10. Chinese new year sees the biggest use of fireworks annually, with fireworks traditionally being said to scare away evil spirits
  11. Famous roosters include, Prince Phillip, Dawn French, Donny Osmond, Jools Holland, Jennifer Anniston, Beyonce, Martin Luther King, Serena Williams and Roger Federer (Roosters seem to have a talent for tennis!)
  12. Wishing all our Chinese and East Asian residents and visitors and everyone else a happy and prosperous Year of the Rooster!

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*Oxford Economics report