Celebrate Chinese New Year at city museum

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A spectacular dancing dragon, acrobats and magicians will all feature when Stoke-on-Trent celebrates the Chinese New Year. 

The free-to-attend event on Sunday, February 5 at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery will welcome in the Year of the Rooster with a colourful and vibrant festival which will also include Chinese folk dancing and firecrackers.

In the museum’s theatre there will be performances from children from the local Chinese Sunday school and an extract of Cantonese Opera performed in full cultural costume. Craft activities will also be taking place throughout the day and will include Chinese painting, writing and origami.

The museum will have extended opening hours for the event and will open at 10am and close at 5pm, with the festival taking place between 11am and 4pm.

Lord Mayor Councillor Anthony Munday, who will attend the celebration, said: “This is always a very fun and popular annual event at the museum and I’m sure this year will be no different. Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world and I think it’s brilliant that we are part of it here in Stoke-on-Trent.

“We are a very diverse city and this is not just a great day out for the family, but a chance to learn about other cultures and traditions. We have strong links with China through our ceramic partnership agreement with Jingdezhen and it’s great to be able to showcase Chinese culture and traditions in our city.”

Chinese New Year takes place on a different date every year, because it is based on the lunar calendar. In this calendar a month is two days shorter than in the solar calendar so to make up for it an extra month is added every few years.

The Year of the Rooster is defined by the Chinese zodiac cycle. Each year is denoted by a different symbol from the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac, with this year being matched to the tenth sign. Last year was the Year of the Goat.

Roosters are seen as confident, honest and hardworking. They also enjoy being around people but can be seen as attention-seekers.