Big fun in lit­tle China to cel­e­brate new year

Cos­tumes and Lion Dance at the cen­tre of town’s fourth an­nual event

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The fourth an­nual Chi­na­town in Che­sham event will take place in Mar­ket Square on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 13 from 10am to 2pm.

Ai Van Macm, the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Chi­na­town in Che­sham, said: “We try to make it big­ger and bet­ter ev­ery year.”

There will be the usual mar­ket traders sell­ing jew­ellery, crafts, fur­ni­ture and hot food, as well as Ai Van’s fam­ily busi­ness Bei­jing Gourmet pro­vid­ing tra­di­tional Chi­nese fare from 10am.

The an­nual Lion Dance will be per­formed at noon by the Clock Tower.

Che­sham’s mayor Peter Hud­son will be dress­ing up, as his pre­de­ces­sor may­ors have done, in a Chi­nese cos­tume while he ‘dots the eyes’ of the Lion.

Ai Van will be live on Chiltern Voice FM, which goes live at 10am on the same day, telling lis­ten­ers the tra­di­tions be­hind th­ese rituals and de­scrib­ing the fun for those un­able to be present.

Ev­ery­one is also in­vited to take part in a fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion with the theme be­ing ‘ signs of the Chi­nese zodiac’ – this year is the year of the Fire Mon­key.

The win­ner of this will be an­nounced live on air by Mr Hud­son at 2pm.

En­try is free and you do not have to stay all day, just turn up in cos­tume and agree to have your photo taken.

Lin­go­tas­tic will be mak­ing its own Chi­nese New Year Che­sham 1pm.

Go along to share a story and sing a few songs in Man­darin and hear about Chi­nese New Year cus­toms.

Founder Sarah Bar­rett said: “It’s a re­ally in­ter­ac­tive time for ba­bies to six year olds with their grown ups. You’ll be amazed how much Man­darin you pick up in half an hour!” fam­ily fun at Li­brary from

Sarah is also hold­ing a prize draw so peo­ple can win their own copy of A Lit­tle Man­darin CD, ti­tled Fun Fresh Funky Man­darin Songs, which will also be an­nounced at 2pm.

Scenes from last year’s Chi­nese New Year event

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