Lunar (Chinese) New Year 2024, Bristol
Wai Yee Hong’s annual Lunar New Year celebrations, on 10th February 2024, raises money for The Grand Appeal, and will welcome the Year of the Dragon. This family event is FREE to attend and will feature dance and martial arts performances as well as the traditional lion dance. To ensure that more people get to enjoy our New Year celebrations, there will be 2 performance times this year; 11am and 1.30pm. Acts include:
- South Gloucestershire Chinese Association
- Clevedon School Elite Dancers
- Yi Quin lion dance troupe
- Bristol Wutan Tai Chi & Kung Fu
The event is free to attend, but if you are able to make a donation to Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, we would be very grateful. You can do so in the collection boxes on the day, or you can donate through our Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wai-yee-hong
Festive Streetfood Market
We’re pleased to reveal that our popular street food market will be returning this year. Come and taste a wide variety of delicious foods from the stalls in our market or join in the festivities by having your face painted.
- Pick up delicious locally-made Chinese pastries and hot drinks from our cake stall.
- 5 Foot Way, will be firing up their wok again to serve their signature Char Koay Teow and other delicious Malaysian-themed delights!
- We’re delighted to welcome newcomer, West Country Dim Sum, who will be serving up juicy dumplings and their special vegan ‘duc’ bao.
- Desy Thai are back with their popular Thai noodle and curry dishes.
- Returning for their second year with us, are Wok ‘N’ Roll, who will have vegan-friendly rice bowls and banh mi to celebrate Tết.
- The fantastic Gopal’s Curry Shack will be returning with their delicious vegan and vegetarian Indian street food!
- We have pursuaded the mysterious Duckman to come back this year, He will be selling his immensely popular BBQ roast meats and rice again.
- Sushi and other Japanese favourites will be available from She Sells Sushi.
- Wow Faces are back with thier award-winning face painting and (biodegradable) glitter tattoos.
Some young ones may find our kung fu lions a little too loud so instead, take a moment away from the busy food market and performances:
- Come in-store to admire the intricately crafted papier-mâché lion head we will have on display. There are lots of interesting facts about how they are made, and information on the different styles and types of Lion Dance costumes.
- Collect rubbings of all the animals of the zodiac.
- Meet the Choi Sun (God of Prosperity) and hopefully, have some of his luck rub off on you!
- Our friends from Avon & Somerset Police will be joining us too, so why not pop over to their mobile police station and try on a police helmet?
Date: Saturday, 10th February 2024
First Performance: 11.00am Second Performance: 1.30pm Entry: FREE (not ticketed, but please note that the whole area gets very busy on this day.)
Location: Eastgate Oriental City. Click for directions
Year of the Dragon
2024 is the Year of the Dragon, which is the fifth sign in the Chinese zodiac. Dragons are passionate and brave personalities! If you are aged 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84 or 96 this year, you are more likely than not to be a Chinese Dragon.
Check out my Dragon horoscope!
Want to learn more about the traditions and folklore surrounding Chinese New Year? Why not take a look at: