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Chinese New Year receives big welcome in Chester

Published date: 03 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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EVENTS took place in Chester to help usher in the Chinese New Year with colourful celebrations.

To celebrate the Year of the Horse, a variety of bright, colourful and traditional activities took place in the city centre on Saturday.

There was music, lion and dragon dancing and cultural characters such as the God of Prosperity, the Jade Emperor and the Happy Buddha took to the city streets as part of a special parade.

The Chinese New Year is the longest celebration in the Chinese zodiac calendar and follows a 12-year cycle.

People born in the year of the horse are often said to be energetic, charming, quick-witted, and kind.

Chinese legend states Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on New Year’s Day.

He then named a year after each of the dozen animals that came.

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