welcomes in year 4711
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IN Britain, it was a cold
and very damp start to 4711, the year of the Water Snake or Black
Snake, which commenced on the, to us, Sunday, 10 February 2013. In
China, the New Year celebrations will last 15 days, making it the
longest and most significant holiday of the year. In Liverpool,
England, the oldest Chinese community in Europe also started its
celebrations with its traditional festivities, which honour deities
and ancestors. As 2012 was the year of the Black Dragon or Water
Dragon, one of the Chinese community taking part in the festivities
on Merseyside said to our editor, jokingly, that as the rain was
lashing down throughout the festivities, it must be the snake
putting out the remaining fire from the Dragon’s breath. Whatever
you think of the Chinese Zodiac, just like with the Western Zodiac,
this year is going to be an exciting year for many, and will have
many highs and lows to come. So for some it was good to see the
'Lucky Man' handing out the Lucky Red Envelopes to the children, as
we will all need that luck for the months to come. The Liverpool
festivities started on Saturday, 9 February, but the main events
took place in
Chinatown, on Sunday, 10 February 2013. We went to take a look
at the celebrations on Sunday and shot some video footage of the
festivities and took these photographs. The events included a family
friendly, fun fair and the popular Chinese market, which was held on
Great George Street. Then all eyes were focused on Chinatown’s Gate
on Nelson Street. All along the Street, the sounds of drums and fire
crackers reverberated, as the dragon, unicorn and lion parades took
place, providing once again a spectacular traditional display.
on the corner of Great George Street and Nelson Street, Tai Chi
demonstrations, took place on Nelson Street and a Chinese art
exhibition, along with workshops, cafe and more.... If you missed
the Black-E events over the New Year weekends festivities, do not
worry, the Black-E’s resident circus company, Black and Blue, are
offering series of workshops, suitable for ages 7+, at the venue.
These are provided with the help of NoFit State
Circus and Liverpool
City Council, and supported by the Arts Council of England. The
events are free and start on Thursday, 14 February 2013 running
until Friday, 22 February 2013. To see the workshop schedule, see
opposite column. The workshops will cover Acro Dance, Aerial,
Juggling, Tight Wire, Hula Hoop. If you are considering attending,
you must book first.
You can seek further information or simply book by emailing:-
Jamie@firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the
0151 709 5109.
If you are puzzled why the Chinese calendar is not starting at the
same time as us, it is because it is based on moon phases and the
timing of the lunar year: as our ‘s reflects the solar year.
The Chinese Arch that is located on Nelson Street, providing the
‘Gateway to Liverpool’s Chinatown is the largest, multiple-span arch
of outside of China. For more information about the project to build
it click on
You often hear people saying:- “Gung Hay Fat Choy” at
this time of year, but it does not mean Happy New Year, it actually
loosely translates as a greeting meaning "Best wishes and
Congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year." Chu Shen
Tan (新年好) is “Happy New Year”. To find out your
Chinese Zodiac star sign and who your best match is in the world of
romance why not visit our online game and discover today for free.
here now to find out..
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related to this event in Liverpool's festivities in Chinatown are as follows:-
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Schedule for Workshops on the
Thursday, 14/02/2013 - 6pm
Friday, 15/02/2013 - 6pm to 8pm.
Saturday, 16/02/2013 - 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 8pm.
Monday, 18/02/2013 - 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 8pm.
Tuesday, 19/02/2013 - 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 8pm.
Wednesday, 20/02/2013 - 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 8pm.
Thursday, 21/02/2013 - 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 8pm.
Friday, 22/02/2013 - 7pm Performance.
more information about the Taster Sessions and Workshops
suitable for ages 7+, at the venue. To attend, you must book
in advance by calling:- 0151 709 5109.