Chinese New Year 2019

This week Liverpool once again witnessed spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations, the Year of the Pig festivities began on Friday 8 February with a focus on the Chinese arch, which was gifted to the city by Shanghai twenty years ago as a symbol of the twinning relationship.

On Sunday the usual traditional celebrations took place, which last year attracted around 25,000 people. The family friendly activities in and around Great George Square and Nelson Street attract thousands of visitors.  They include the dramatic climax of the Lion Dance, the "Cai Qing" or 'Picking the Green'. The green here refers to vegetable leaves which are tied to a piece of string which also has red packet attached containing money. The string is hung above the door of the business, shop (or home), and the lion 'eats' both, the leaves and the red packet. Lying on the floor the leaves are 'chewed' by the lion while the musicians play a dramatic rolling crescendo. The lull is broken as the lion explodes back into activity, spitting out the leaves. This is a symbolic act of blessing by the lion, with the spitting out of the leaves signifying that there will be an abundance of everything in the coming year.

The Pig is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. In the continuous sexagenary cycle of sixty years, every twelfth year corresponds to hai, ; this re-recurring twelfth year is commonly called the Year of the Pig.

If you were there check out our album of photographs and see if you can spot yourself in the  selection of photographs taken in Chinatown on Sunday 10th February 2019.

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All images © Bob Edwards Photography - Picture Liverpool