Big fun in little China to celebrate new year
Costumes and Lion Dance at the centre of town’s fourth annual event
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