Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year at Eastgate

Eastgate’s annual Chinese New Year Celebrations will be held on Saturday February 5th. They begin at about 11am with Tai Chi on the Upper Mall, to be followed by martial arts displays throughout the day from top clubs in the Borough. There’s also calligraphy on the Lower Mall.

Then, at about 12.30 is unquestionably the highlight of the day as the lion dance begins. The lion will visit every store in the Centre accompanied by oriental percussion, to collect a red envelope with a donation to charity and some green leaves. The lion then performs its dance to bring the store good luck before moving on.

This is one of Eastgate’s most popular events in the diary and this is the fifteenth consecutive year that it has been held here.

Organised in conjunction with Champion Martial Arts in the Lower Galleries.

The Year of the Rabbit
When Buddha invited all of the animals in the world to join him to celebrate the New Year, only 12 animals arrived. As a tribute to them, Buddha dedicated a year to each them and in the order that the animals turned up. Thus the Chinese New Year starts with the rat and ends with the pig.

The Chinese believe that those born during a year of a particular animal inherit some of the traits of that animals, good and bad.

The Year of The Rabbit begins on February 3rd 2011. Most Rabbit years are quiet, positive and inspiring, quite unlike the pace and energy of the Year of the Tiger. Family, diplomacy and personal development will all be highlighted in 2011. Once again the environmental management will be under scrutiny. Those connected with the arts and culture active, producing new works of art and staging important events while love, romance and family life are in the ascendancy. In general 2011 should be full of fun and peace, although acts of violence and war will also be present. As the Chinese Rabbit year places emphasis on diplomacy, however, there will always be a sense of hope that whatever comes forth can be resolved quietly.