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Southampton Celebrates Chinese New Year

2019 is the Year of the Pig

Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in modern China and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. Observances traditionally take place from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February.
 
    • Chinese lanterns

    Chinese lanterns

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Southampton Chinese New Year
Sat 2 February
11.30am - 3.30pm
Guildhall Square


Uk Shaolin Temple has partnered with Solent University and the Confucius Institution to create these Chinese New year celebrations . Join them to welcome in the lunar New Year of the Earth Pig, with colorful performances, parades and displays in and around the heart of Southampton: Southampton’s Guildhall Square. Find out more >


Chinese New Year Celebration
Sun 3 February

11:00am - 2:00pm
Westquay Shopping Centre


Organised by the Chinese Association of Southampton (CAS)  you can enjoy an exciting programme of activities and performances, including an authentic Chinese Lion dance by the Waterside Lion Dance club, traditional Chinese dances and music by local Chinese art societies, Taichi and Kungfu performance by Wutan Kungfu school, traditional Chinese New Year songs by local Chinese, Children song from Southampton Chinese School as well as a range of interesting Chinese workshops from the Confucius Institute for you to take part. To add to the excitement, they will also have some surprise performances by other local communities. Find out more >

Lantern Festival Parade
Sunday 17 February

John Hansard Gallery and Guildhall Square

Join in with the lantern building workshop from 3pm in the John Hansard Gallery and *Chinese martial arts, music and cultural activities in Guildhall Square.

At 5pm a Lantern Parade will start from the John Hansard Gallery at Guildhall Square through to the Bargate and surrounding area. The parade will be headed by a illuminated Chinese 'dragon' which will dance through the streets. This will be followed by the lanterns and a Chinese 'lion' dance at the rear of the parade, to ward off evil and bring good luck to everyone involved in the parade.

For people who are unable to attend the lantern workshop, some spare lanterns will be available for those wishing to take part in the parade. Priority will be given to families.
Alternatively, you can join in the parade with your torches or torch on your mobile phone.

The lantern parade is suitable for all the family and everyone is welcome to take part. Please listen to the instructions from the parade stewards.
 

*Weather permitting.

Please note all lanterns will have small LED lights / no naked flames.