When they’re not busy studying, our Chevening Scholars can often be found exploring the UK! Social Media Ambassador (SMA) Esty Nadya recently unlocked the wonders of Scotland on a wintry weekend to Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye.
UK events in February
Find out what’s happening around the UK this month.
Six Nations Championship
For the sports fans, a highlight in February is the Six Nations Championship, the world’s largest annual international rugby competition!
Every year, France, Italy, Ireland, England, Wales, and Scotland come together for five fierce rounds of competition.
The Championship is hosted in stadiums across the six nations (three of which are in the UK). It is also broadcast on BBC iPlayer, ITVx, and Netflix, so you can enjoy all the action from the comfort of your home!
On 13 February, Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday) will be celebrated by people across the UK.
Pancake Day marks the last day before Lent; a time for Christians to fast in the lead up to Easter.
Traditionally, people would take the chance to clear the remaining eggs, flour, and sugar from their kitchens. Nowadays, people are more likely to give up something like chocolate or sweets. But nonetheless, Shrove Tuesday remains a great excuse to indulge in pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Why not host a pancake party for your fellow Cheveners?
Lunar New Year Celebrations
Across the world, over a billion people, especially those of East Asian/Confucian heritage, will celebrate the Lunar New Year.
The Year of the Dragon starts on 10 February 2024 in the Western calendar.
Why not watch the traditional Lion Dance parade, fill your stomach with New Year delights, pick up a paintbrush to practise Chinese calligraphy, and take a moment to appreciate the auspicious red and golden decorations!
Dark Skies Festival
The Dark Skies Festival is widely observed in National Parks across the UK, including Northumberland, North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales National Park, and South Downs.
It’s all about embracing the dark sky and the stars you can see as a result of it.
Be immersed in nature’s nocturnal wonders with stargazing, night navigation, astrophotography workshops, and more!
From trying new foods to embracing new traditions, current Chevening Scholar and Social Media Ambassador (SMA) María José Ruiz Rodríguez shares what it was like to celebrate the festive season in the UK.
Current Chevening Scholar and Social Media Ambassador Mikheil Goguadze shares his top tips for staying physically and mentally healthy over the colder months.