Entering the Year of the Dragon

The Sheffield Chinese Society held their traditional dragon and lion dances to mark the Chinese New Year,outside Sheffield Town Hall

The Sheffield Chinese Society held their traditional dragon and lion dances to mark the Chinese New Year,outside Sheffield Town Hall

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SHEFFIELD’S Chinese community welcomed its new year with a dance in front of the town hall.

Members of Sheffield Chinese School and Sheffield Chinese Association ushered in the Year of the Dragon with a parade that passed along Pinstone Street, The Moor and on to London Road.

Association chairman Hock-Ann Chia said: “We were not prepared for windy conditions but we have done it in the snow before, so we were quite ready for any weather.

“It is the most important time of the year for the Chinese and this is the most celebrated festival, a family affair.

“We feel it is important to celebrate it not only ourselves but hopefully other people want to celebrate with us and know about it.

“We want everyone to be involved and to understand Chinese culture. It’s important we live in harmony and in order to do so I think we should understand each other.

“Hopefully it will be a new start and will bring good luck, especially this year. To the Chinese, the dragon symbolises good luck, so hopefully it will be a good year.”

After last Saturday’s display, watched by Lord Mayor Sylvia Dunkley, a new Chinese dragon and lioness will make their debut at a cultural evening at the Montgomery Theatre in Surrey Street on Sunday.