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Southport Reporter

Edition No. 85

Date:- 07 February 2003

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Happy New Year 4701!

Nian - The New Year Monster.

Happy New Year!
THE oldest and most important festival in China is the Spring Festival, more commonly known in the West as Chinese New Year. Like all Chinese festivals, the date of the New Year is determined by the lunar/solar calendar rather than the Western (Gregorian) calendar, so the date of the holiday varies from late January to mid February. This week it’s now the lunar year 4701, the year of the Ram and Merseyside's Chinese community is celebrating. On Saturday, 1st February 2003, The Grand Palace put on a fantastic display starting the celebrations off in Southport. The show included a martial arts display and the lion-dance outside the restaurant on Nevill Street. Lion dances bring good luck to the households or businesses, which they visit. If you missed it, do not panic as the last on dance takes place on Saturday (8 February). The performances then continued inside the restaurant and firecrackers were used to frighten off Nian - The New Year Monster. Doors are decorated with vertical scrolls of characters on red paper whose texts seek good luck and praise nature.  This practice stems from the hanging of peach-wood charms to keep away ghosts and evil spirits in China.

The spring festival celebrates the earth coming back to life, and the start of ploughing and sowing. In the past, feudal rulers of dynasties placed great importance on this occasion, and spectacular ceremonies to usher in the season were performed.  
 

Happy New Year!

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