calligraphy to express your New Year wishes
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
and dancers galore
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
art: A lovely selection of children's paintings!
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
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.
Year Traditions That Go Back Thousands of Years
incense is often done at New Year in temples around China.
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.
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
for a taste of Chinese culture? Try these events
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.
with some traditional Chinese dumplings
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!
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.