Woking comes to life with vibrant Chinese New Year celebrations

February 11, 2019
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Woking town centre came to life with bright costumes and festive music as crowds celebrated the year of the pig for Chinese New Year.

The colourful event on Saturday (February 9), the fifth day of Chinese New Year, was organised by the Chinese Association of Woking (CAW), in partnership with Woking Borough Council .

Mercia Walk was transformed into a traditional Chinese market with arts and crafts, Chinese horoscopes, calligraphy and Chinese food.

A parade passed through the town and ended in Jubilee Square, in time for the much-loved performances.

These included the popular lion dances, martial arts performances, classical dancing and traditional Chinese music performances using instruments like the guzheng.

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The lion dance is performed to bring good luck and fortune and takes place at other important occasions such as business openings or weddings. It differs from the dragon dance, which is a longer costume supported by poles involving more people.

In 2019 the first day of Chinese New Year was 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 often celebrate the new year during the weekends before or after the first day.

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.

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/woking-comes-life-vibrant-chinese-15810837


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