Gong Hei Fat Choi! May you have a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year! Come down to Wai Yee Hong, in Bristol, and celebrate the biggest festival of the Chinese calendar with us! The fun starts at 11.15am on Sunday, 22nd January, when there will be traditional firecrackers and lion dance performances. The event is free and everyone is welcome to come down and join in the festivities.
The firecrackers will be lit at 11.15am to scare away the evil spirits for the new year. This will be followed by the kung fu skills of the Yi Quin lion dance troupe, who will be bringing luck and prosperity in the form of a traditional Chinese Lion dance.
Date: Sunday 22nd January
Time: Starting at 11.15am
Location: Eastgate Oriental City. Click for directions.
2012 is the Year of the Dragon, which is the fifth sign in the Chinese zodiac. Dragons are thought to be passionate and brave, with big ideas and ambitions, and is the mightiest and most auspicious creature in the Chinese zodiac. For this reason, dragon years see a increase in births in China, as all parents wish for their children to be confident, successful dragons! 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:
Have a sneak peek at Chinese New Year in 2009, when the lions and unicorn met!