Join us at Carnival House for a
Lunar New Year celebration!

At 11:30 on Tuesday 31 January  join REACH and the members of the Southampton City UK Shaolin Centre  welcome in the Lunar New Year in the Atrium.

There will be a traditional Chinese Lion Dance, a red envelope giveaway and an opportunity to learn more about the UK Shaolin Centre’s activities. If you’re in Carnival House, don’t miss it!

Sunday 22 January was Lunar New Year’s Day (also known as Chinese New Year) – and started the year of the rabbit.

The Rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac. In the Chinese culture, the rabbit is known to be the luckiest out of all the twelve animals. It symbolizes mercy, elegance, and beauty. People who are born in the year of the rabbit are calm and peaceful.

Lunar New Year Traditions
Different cultures have different traditional foods that are eaten around the Lunar New Year period. A classic food for Lunar New Year, with a history of more than 1,800 years, is dumplings.

Dumplings are a symbol of wealth, so the more dumplings you eat during Lunar New Year, the more money you’ll make in the new year!

Lanterns are also often hung to celebrate Lunar New Year and a lantern festival takes place on the 15th day of the first lunar month, and it marks the end of the new year celebrations. 

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