From Thanksgiving to Chinese New Year, there are countless religious and national holidays that you might want to celebrate as an international student living in the UK. Even when you’re thousands of miles from family and friends, there are lots of ways to celebrate and take part in traditional festivities and events – even if you’re staying at home.
The great thing about studying in the UK as an international student is the country’s tolerance and open-mindedness to different faiths, nationalities and cultures. Depending on where you choose to study, you’ll likely find lots of local events dedicated to holidays and festivals, as well as different ways to celebrate with your flatmates.
To give you a little inspiration, we’ve put together a complete guide on how to celebrate international holidays as a student in the UK.
Chinese New Year is celebrated widely across the UK, particularly in cities like Manchester, which have a large Asian population. From January to mid-February each year, you’ll encounter many Chinese New Year themed events happening in your area, and have plenty of opportunity to host your own CNY celebrations.
Here are our essential tips for students hoping to celebrate Chinese New Year:
Celebrating the month of Ramadan can be tricky as a student. Abstaining from food whilst balancing studies and socialising is a real challenge, but a rewarding one all the same. What’s more, the break fast festival of Eid al-Fitr gives you an excellent opportunity to share your faith with your flatmates – something many will be all too happy to get involved in.
For those living in student accommodation and celebrating Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, here are some essential tips:
If you’re studying in the UK but have moved from the US, you’ll no doubt be keen to keep up with that most American of holidays: Thanksgiving. In recent years, Thanksgiving celebrations have become more popular in the UK – or at least a good opportunity for a roast dinner! We think your housemates will be thrilled to celebrate Thanksgiving with you, so here are a few suggestions on how to celebrate the occasion as a student:
Diwali is an important festival in the Hindu faith, and it’s impossible to visit India in October without encountering events dedicated to it. The festival is popular in the UK, too, with most major cities hosting their own Diwali festivals in October and November. There are plenty of ways to mark Diwali as an international student; here are a few suggestions:
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