Celebrating Chinese New Year? There will be lion dances and a parade in Woking

February 3, 2019
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There’s not long now until the year of the pig and Woking is once again preparing for its colourful festivities.

Chinese and Asian communities across Surrey can head to Woking to celebrate the biggest event in the lunar calendar and see the exciting performances, including the much-loved lion dances.

The event has been organised by the Chinese Association of Woking (CAW), in partnership with Woking Borough Council.

Although it is commonly known as Chinese new year and spring festival in China, the lunar new year is also widely celebrated in other east Asian and south east Asian countries and communities.

Traditionally, people wear and decorate their homes in red and gold to ensure a lucky year ahead.

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News related to Chinese New Year

This year in 2019, the year of the dog will come to an end and we will welcoming the year of the pig, the twelfth and last animal of the Chinese zodiac. According to a well-known story, the sequence of the zodiac signs was determined by a race and the pig was the last to finish.

When is Chinese New Year and how long does it go on for?

The date is different each year because it is decided by the lunar calendar. This year, the first day of the lunar new year will be on Tuesday (February 5).

The event goes on for 15 days but the biggest festivities usually take place during the first three days.

As the festival is not a public holiday in the UK, families and communities might celebrate the new year during the weekends before or after the first day.


Where and when can I join in the celebrations in Woking?

The celebrations in Woking will take place on the fifth day of Chinese new year, on Saturday (February 9).

A schedule of the festivities is as follows:

10am – 3pm – Mercia Walk will be transformed into traditional Chinese market stalls with arts and crafts, Chinese horoscopes, calligraphy and Chinese food.

12pm – A parade will start outside Christchurch on Mercia Walk and will proceed toward Commercial Way, then west to the start of the the Victoria Square development, then back to Mercia Walk, across Jubilee Square, up Gloucester Walk to Gloucester Square, before returning to stop at Woking Library and finally arriving at Jubilee Square.

12.45pm – The first show will begin. There will be a lion dance, Chinese classical dancing, martial arts and tai chi.

2pm – The second show will begin

3pm – The celebrations end

There will also be story time events at the Children’s Chinese Library located inside the Woking Library. This coincides with the second anniversary of the Children’s Chinese Library, a project by Surrey Libraries and CAW.

In the event of bad weather, the shows will be relocated to Mercia Walk.

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/celebrating-chinese-new-year-lion-15740637


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