The first day of the Chinese New Year always falls on the new moon between 21st January and 20thFebruary. Chinese New Year 2018 will therefore be on Friday, February 16th, when it will become the year of the Dog (Wùxū).
Traditionally, the festivities run for 16 days, from New Year’s Eve and ending with a Lantern Festival on the 15th day and are a time to honour deities and ancestors.
In Chinese mythology, a mythical beast call the Nian would come and terrorise the people of China every Chinese New Year, eating villagers. But a Taoist monk, Hongjun Laozu, tricked the Nian and discovered he was terrified of the colour red. Ever since, people in China have pasted their doors with red paper before New Year’s Day to wardoff the Nian.
On New Year’s Eve, families sit down for a reunion meal, usually fish – a symbol of prosperity and harvest. Elder family members give children red envelopes containing money as a gift for the new lunar year.
Come and join the celebration on 7th February as Chinese New Year lands in Portsmouth with a unique and exciting show of cultural spectacle. Touring across the country to celebrate the biggest festive event on the Chinese calendar, ‘Chinese New Year Extravaganza’ features a team of performers showcasing amazing Chinese performing arts.
From the cheerful spirit of the auspicious Lion Dance, to the majestic and awe-inspiring contortion, the show is a colourful display of Chinese cultural tradition. Witness the daring stunts of Chinese acrobatics alongside energetic kung fu performance, the ancient magic of Face Changing and more.
This colourful and action-packed show is the perfect entertainment for all ages to enjoy on this auspicious occasion.
Have a look at the highlights from the 2016 show.
If you are looking for authentic Chinese cuisine, Kams Palace is a traditional Chinese restaurant situated in a 2-storey, pagoda-style building. The Traditional Chinese Dinner Menu is very popular with their Far Eastern diners around the New Year festivities.
Another traditional Chinese food experience can be found in Winchester at Mr So. Mr So is a popular, well established Chinese restaurant serving a wide range of authentic Cantonese and Malaysian dishes. With Winchester having recently been voted within the top 10 most romantic cities in the UK, why not visit and celebrate Valentine’s Day as well as enjoying Chinese New Year?
Portsmouth and Winchester are only half an hour away from Wallops Wood Cottages. Come and stay so you can enjoy the Extravaganza and the many attractions the local area has to offer. Enjoy walking, relaxing, exploring or enjoying a meal at one of the many award-winning local pubs and restaurants.