Chinese New Year Celebrations in Chester for Year of the Dog
7 February 2018Chester is preparing to welcome the Chinese New Year of the Dog on Saturday, 17 February with a Tai Chi demonstration from Ji Siu Tai Chi Chuan, traditional Lion and Dragon dancing plus firecrackers. The God of Prosperity, The Emperor of Heaven and The Happy Buddha will oversee the celebrations. Activities start at Storyhouse at 11am then in Eastgate Street at 12.30pm.
The Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese zodiac calendar and follows a 12-year cycle.
Chinese legend states that The Emperor of Heaven asked all the animals to meet him on New Year's Day and named a year after each of the twelve animals that came.
People born in the year of the Dog are said to be independent, sincere, loyal and decisive according to the Chinese zodiac. They are not afraid of difficulties in daily life making them have harmonious relationship with people.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting the Wah Lei Chinese Association to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Councillor Jane Mercer, Sheriff of Chester will join the celebrations through the city centre. Said Councillor Mercer: “Gong Xi Fat Cai, I would like to wish everyone a very happy year of the dog, please join me at Storyhouse and Eastgate Street to share the special activities.”
The Wah Lei Chinese Association is also supported by Cheshire, Halton and Warrington Race Equality Centre, the University of Chester, Chester Voluntary Action, the Slowboat Chinese Restaurant and Wah Lei volunteers.
The schedule for February 17:
Wah Lei volunteers in rehearsals for Chinese New Year festival performances