Gong Xi Fa Cai! - or, to those unfamiliar with Mandarin, have a very Happy Chinese New Year!
The party was in full swing yesterday as Sheffield celebrated the start of the Year of the Snake with a host of colourful celebrations.
Sheffield City Hall came alive with singing, dancing and traditional performances from The International Chengdu Nationality Group.
Diners at the Candytown Chinese restaurant on London Road were treated a traditional dance to see in the Chinese New Year on Sunday. Accompanied by the rhythm of drums, cymbals, and gongs, the dance made its way around the restaurant before performing the traditional ‘cai ching’ in the centre of the room.
And at Eagle House care home in Ecclesall, residents were treated to a mouth-watering Chinese banquet in a room filled with red and yellow balloons.
Dim sum and egg fried rice were just some of the dishes which tantalised the tastebuds of the older folk.
Later staff donned traditional costumes to give the feast an authentic feel, and a paper snake decorated by residents who attend the home’s art class formed the centrepiece.
Sue Benson, activities co-ordinator at Eagle House, said: “It was the first time we’ve celebrated Chinese New Year but I think we’ll do it again - it was very successful and everyone enjoyed themselves.
“Our chef made all sorts of food, the buffet was delicious.
“We had a really nice time.”