Chinese New Year celebrations in Chester for Year of the Monkey

28 January 2016

Chester will celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Monkey on Saturday, 13 February with traditional music, Lion and Dragon dancing, firecrackers and cultural characters the God of Prosperity, The Emperor of Heaven and The Happy Buddha taking to the city streets.

The Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese zodiac calendar and follows a 12-year cycle. People born in the year of the red fire monkey are often said to be smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. They are lively, flexible, quick-witted and versatile.
 
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.
Cheshire West and Chester Council support the Wah Lei Chinese Association to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Said Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure and Wellbeing:
“I would like to wish everyone a very happy year of the Monkey. Please join us in Eastgate Street and Bridge Street for the annual celebrations including the spectacular firecracker finale.” Anthony Lee, committee member of the Wah Lei Chinese Association said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council to produce the colourful festival event in Chester to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Monkey. 
“Please join our many community volunteers who have worked hard to organise and perform in this year’s cultural celebrations."
 
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 13 is as follows:
10.45am - Eastgate Street and 11.30am Bridge Street – Tai Chi demonstration from the Tai Chi Chuan group, firecrackers, lion dance and dragon dance.
 
12.30pm - Celebration Banquet at the Slowboat Chinese Restaurant on Frodsham Street. This is a ticketed event.  Please email info@wahlei.org for details.




Pupils and members of Wah Lei Chinese Association Mandarin Language School, preparing for upcoming Chinese New Year.

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