Year of the Rooster a sym­bol of hon­esty

Chi­nese New Year cel­e­brated world-wide

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - LERATO TSHIPE

IT WAS the launch of the Year of the Rooster at the Nan Hua Tem­ple in Bronkhorstspruit yesterday as peo­ple from far and wide joined the Chi­nese com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate the most im­por­tant hol­i­day in its cal­en­dar.

Peo­ple from var­i­ous cul­tures, re­li­gions and eth­nic­i­ties at­tended and en­joyed all kinds of Chi­nese tra­di­tional food, prac­tised their dances, took part in re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties and even at­tempted to speak the lan­guage.

The Nan Hua Tem­ple hosted hun­dreds of peo­ple, among them the city of Tsh­wane’s mayor Solly Msi­manga and pop­u­lar mu­si­cian Zwai Bala and his fam­ily.

The an­nual event has al­ways promised spec­tac­u­lar fire­works, fun and a big feast, and yesterday was about just that.

There was laugh­ter, a lot of ex­cite­ment, amuse­ment and many emo­tions as the fire­works went off.

Other than it be­ing the Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions, it was also a day of re­lax­ation for non-Chi­nese peo­ple, who came out in their bright sum­mer clothes, re­lax­ing on the lawns and hav­ing a good time.

Among the mul­ti­cul­tural per­for­mances were mar­tial arts dis­plays, Chi­nese yo-yo dance, In­dian danc­ing, Korean danc­ing and much more. Peo­ple also took part in this year’s ex­clu­sive re­lax­ation med­i­ta­tion.

In re­turn, peo­ple who par­tic­i­pated in the med­i­ta­tion re­ceived a book called 365 Days for Trav­ellers. The book of­fered wis­dom, guid­ance, and in­spi­ra­tion from Chi­nese writ­ers and Bud­dhist classics.

Peo­ple also par­tic­i­pated in the Wish­ing Tree: in ac­cor­dance with an­cient times, peo­ple wrote their names and wishes on a piece of rib­bon at­tached to a coin and threw it at the wish­ing tree hop­ing their wishes would be­come true.

Stalls were packed as peo­ple queued to buy tra­di­tional Chi­nese, Can­tonese and Tai­wanese cui­sine, among other pop­u­lar foods.

The cel­e­bra­tions of­fi­cially started on Satur­day and will con­tinue un­til the Lan­tern Fes­ti­val, the 15th day of the Chi­nese New Year.

PIC­TURE: THOBILE MATHONSI

GET­TING STARTED: The 2017 Chi­nese New Year and Cul­ture Fes­ti­val at the Nan Hua Tem­ple in Bronkhorstspruit.

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PLUMAGE: Par­tic­i­pants in cos­tumes per­form dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Chi­nese New Year night pa­rade in Hong Kong on Satur­day. Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties around the globe cel­e­brated the Lu­nar New Year, the first day of the Year of the Rooster.

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SOME­THING TO CROW ABOUT: Manny Tangco, owner of the Mal­abon Zoo, presents a giant red rooster from France named “Mr Uni­verse” and a small one called “Small But Ter­ri­ble” from Malaysia in cel­e­bra­tion of the “Red Fire Rooster” in the Chi­nese lu­nar cal­en­dar in Chi­na­town in Manila, Philip­pines.

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GOOD FOR­TUNE: Rev­ellers reach out to touch the head of a pa­per dragon dur­ing a dance at the In­ter­na­tional Chi­nese New Year night pa­rade held in Hong Kong.

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FES­TIVE: Par­tic­i­pants per­form a lion dance dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional Chi­nese New Year night pa­rade in Hong Kong.

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