Chinese New Year Celebrations in Chester
Chester is preparing to welcome the Chinese New Year on Saturday 17th February with a tai chi demonstration from Ji Siu Tai Chi Chuan, as well as traditional lion and dragon dancing plus firecrackers.
The God of Prosperity, The Emperor of Heaven and The Happy Buddha will oversee the celebrations.
Activities start at Storyhouse at 11am then head onto Eastgate Street at 12.30pm.
The Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese zodiac calendar and follows a twelve-year cycle.
Chinese legend states that The Emperor of Heaven asked all the animals to meet him on New Year's Day and named a year after each of the twelve animals that came.
The celebrations mark the commencement of the year of the dog.
People born in the year of the dog are said to be independent, sincere, loyal and decisive according to the Chinese zodiac. They are not afraid of difficulties in daily life making them have harmonious relationship with people.
Sheriff of Chester Jane Mercer will join the celebrations through the city centre.
She commented: “Gong Xi Fat Cai, I would like to wish everyone a very happy year of the dog, please join me at Storyhouse and Eastgate Street to share the special activities.”
Mia Tan, from the Wah Lei Chinese Association said: “Please join us celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Dog.
“Thanks to our many community volunteers that have worked hard to organise and perform in this year’s cultural celebrations.”
The Wah Lei Chinese Association is supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council along with Cheshire, Halton and Warrington Race Equality Centre; the University of Chester; Chester Voluntary Action; the Slowboat Chinese Restaurant and Wah Lei volunteers.
The schedule for Saturday 17th February 2018 is as follows:
11am - Storyhouse: cultural dancing
12.30pm - Eastgate Street: lion dance and dragon dance plus firecrackers