Princes Square is to host a week of Chinese events to celebrate the Year of the Pig. This weekend (Saturday 2 – Sunday 3) will give visitors the chance to practice traditional Chinese arts and crafts with workshops allowing individuals to create origami, dragon puppets and paper lanterns and for those interested in the art of calligraphy, now is your chance to show off to your friends.
A pagoda and red carpet will be taking centre stage up until February 5. The workshops will run from noon-4pm during the weekend. Additionally, there will be chances to win prizes as well as discounts in a variety of stores and restaurants when you download their rewards app.
The event is open and free to all members of the public.
What is the Chinese New Year and why is it celebrated?
The beginning of the Lunar Year starts on February 5 with celebrations expected to take place until mid-February. Due to the lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year occurs on different dates with it falling on February 16 of last year, unlike the Gregorian calendar where New Year is celebrated on January 1.
New Year’s Eve (February 4) and New Year Day is seen as family orientated with firecrackers being let off in celebration. Red envelopes containing “lucky money” are given to children with written wishes for a healthy life.
Each year sees a new animal represented, 2018 being the Year of the Dog. For people born on the Year of the Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) you are represented by an animal which is seen as independent, sincere, loyal and decisive. You can read more and find out your animal here.
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