North East braves the rain to celebrate Chinese Year of the Sheep

SPRING Festival – otherwise known as Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year – is the grandest and the most important festival for Chinese people. It is also the time for the whole family to get together. This is similar to Christmas Day for Westerners.

In order to feel the atmosphere of the Chinese New Year in the UK, I went to Newcastle, Hartlepool and Sunderland.

Spring Festival is not one day but a period for 15 days. This year it ran from 19 February to 5 March.

 

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Hundreds of people celebrate Chinese New Year

On 22 February hundreds of people, not only Chinese but also many people from other countries, celebrated Chinese New Year in China Town in Newcastle. Although it was raining, people were full of passion. Displays welcoming the Year of the Sheep included martial arts demonstrations, a lion dance and Chinese traditional food.

Dragon handiwork

Dragon handiwork

On 1 March the local Chinese association held the event and invited about 100 Chinese and Britons to enjoy dancing performance, food and celebrate Chinese New Year.  That evening a gala performance was hosted in Sunderland.

Hartlepool Chinese Association

Hartlepool Chinese Association

the performance in Sunderland

the performance in Sunderland

 

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from Tside