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Chinese New Year a chance to dance

Updated: 9:36 am, May 07, 2015

A TRADITIONAL Lion Dance was performed in Redditch Town Centre to mark Chinese New year.

Members of Redditch Chinese Association organised last Saturday’s event (February 28) in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre which saw a performance by the Choy Lee Fut Lion Dance troupe.

By moving lions to the rhythm of a cymbal and drum it is said bring in luck and prosperity for the new year.

Cultural activities were also provided by the Yum Tum Club, the association and there was also a martial arts demonstration and display of drumming.

Fay Yeng, from the association, said: “People in China rarely get to see the lion dance so we are very proud and honoured to share this exciting experience with the people of Redditch.”

Miss Yeng also visited Studley 4th Brownies to help them with their celebrations. During the event youngsters made dragon masks, prepared carrot noddles and took part in some lion dancing of their own.

There is some confusion as to what animal in the Chinese Zodiac 2015 marks as Yang in Mandarin means ‘horned animal’ so some people celebrate the goat and others the sheep or ram.

Those born under this sign are said to be calm, gentle and creative and make good paediatricians, teachers and interior designers.

Millie Holloran and Scarlett Harris enjoy the Chinese themed events. (s)

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