Chinese New Year 2017 –
Photographs by Patrick Trollope.
IN Southport, on Wednesday, 1 February
2017, the newly opened Empire Restaurant was packed out, as people flocked to
see their Chinese New Year Celebrations. This year it's not just a new name and
new management that greeted those who attended, but also a new display team.
This group, from Ormskirk, called:- 'Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu' had with them the North and South Lions, along with a
Rooster and even the Lucky Man…
The Chinese follow a number of traditions leading up to and during the new year
to help usher in good luck and fortune, and the Lion dance is one of the most
well known of them. This year's display was very well managed. The choreography
was fantastic to watch and proved to be a massive hit for those in the
restaurant and who had stopped to watch Nevill Street, in Southport's Town
Centre. Interestingly all the colours represent or have a symbolic meaning, as
do the moves.
During Chinese New Year, tangerines along with oranges are displayed as
decorations and are also exchanged among friends and acquaintances. In the
restaurant they put out 5 oranges, on the floor, to represent the '5
Elements' and a melon as the moon, representing the Lunar New Year.
Incidentally, Yellow is used as a symbol of farming and the 'Yellow River'
of the central land (China). These were placed out as an offering to the
Lions, along with red envelopes. These were then taken up by the dancers and
given out to the owners and family members of the restaurant to bring good luck.
The dancers then progressed into the venue. Unlike in some years, the venue this
year was so full they did not have space to visit every table, but on the way to
the kitchen and on leaving they still got up to some mischief… As you can see on
our video coverage of the event, which we have uploaded onto our YouTube
Please do let us know what you thought of this event, via emailing us to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.com and do not forget to attend next year,
if you kissed it!
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