The Year of the Pig visits Leicester city centre for a cultural celebration


By Alexandra Smith

Cosmopolitan Arts Celebrations will be celebrating the Chinese new year at the New Walk Museum in Leicester with a host of activities and workshops tomorrow (SatFeb9).

There will be traditional Chinese dance, martial arts and live Chinese music along with a lion and dragon dance workshop, taking place between 11am and 4pm.

Paralympian Julie Rogers, who has Chinese heritage, explains the importance of this tradition and how the athlete and her family celebrate the holiday.

Miss Rogers said: “As a person of mixed heritage, I really value the Chinese side of my culture. I love celebrating the Lunar New Year and all my family coming together to eat good food and gift red pocket to the kids!”

She added: “It’s a good time, after the happiness of Christmas and new year has died down, like a start of new year again.”

Following on from the day-time activities, there will be a spectacular light and laser performance in the Market Square at 5.20pm.

Celebrations for the Chinese new year originate from the Shang Dynasty year end religious ceremony.

The day of celebration at the New Walk Museum is the perfect way for people to engage in the rich Chinese culture and discover more about those in the local community.


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