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23rd January 2001
Celebrating Chinese culture in the Year of the Snake
Kungfu kid
A kungfu fighter shows his skill at a Chinese New Year celebration.
It's the Year of the Snake -- and to celebrate we'd like to offer you a taste of the Chinese New Year in Nottingham.

Some calligraphy to express your New Year wishes

fu or wealth
Fu means wealth in Chinese

We have calligraphy from two Nottinghamshire artists to show you the beauty of this ancient Chinese art. New Year wishes are often expressed by drawing them in ink and placing them outside the door of your home.

Gala celebration of the Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year
Singers and dancers galore

The Nottingham Chinese community welcomes the Year of the Snake with a gala party.

You can see the lion dance and kungfu fighters that stole the limelight at the celebration.

Snake art: A lovely selection of children's paintings!

Vivian Lam's picture
This snake is inviting you to take a look at her friends!

We asked a couple of schools to draw some Chinese-style paintings to celebrate the Year of the Snake -- and the results are great!

Have a look at the artistic efforts from pupils at the East of England Chinese School in Nottingham. Their art teacher Bei Lei, who comes from Yunnan in China, helped them prepare these paintings especially for BBC Nottingham Online.

New Year Traditions That Go Back Thousands of Years

incense burner
Burning incense is often done at New Year in temples around China.

The traditions of Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, can be traced back thousands of years. It is essentially a family festival and a time for reunion and thanksgiving.

Chinese people love to celebrate the festival with lots of delicious food, fireworks and music. There are plenty of traditions, including the making of special food like rice cake, the handing out of red packets to children and the splendid Lion Dance.

Looking for a taste of Chinese culture? Try these events

lion mask
The Lion Dance is always a favourite at Chinese New Year.

The New Year festival lasts 15 days, from the new moon until the full moon, so there is plenty of time to find a celebration to suit you. We have a few options, but if you know of any more, let us know.

Some are free and others have an admission charge, but food and culture is centre stage in most of these Chinese New Year events.

Celebrate with some traditional Chinese dumplings

tasting dumplings
Try an authentic Chinese dish: we have the recipe!

A tasty treat for the Chinese New Year is stuffed Chinese dumplings or jiaozi. Often eaten on New Year's, they're a popular dish and can be made with meat, vegetables or shrimp.

We have a recipe and we even made a few dozen to try it out. Delicious!

The calligraphy for Chinese New Year at the top of the page is by 12-year-old Chen Chang , who now lives in Nottingham and attends Bramcote School.

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