Colour­ful cel­e­bra­tions as SA’s Chi­nese ring in New Year

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

CHI­NESE homes in South Africa will soon be dec­o­rated in fes­tive colours as fam­i­lies pre­pare for New Year next month.

“The Chi­nese New Year is a huge fes­ti­val for the Chi­nese. It’s the big­gest event of our lu­nar cal­en­dar,” said Frank Lin Wu, co-dean at the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute, based at the Dur­ban Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

The in­sti­tute, which pro­motes Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture, is also pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate the New Year on Fe­bru­ary 16.

“This fes­ti­val is in­tended to ring out the old year and usher in the new, to cel­e­brate the bring-in of the har­vest and to pray for good luck for the com­ing year,” Wu said.

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