King’s Lynn to welcome in Chinese New Year in Vancouver Quarter

Children from various West Norfolk Primary Schools enjoy a Lion Dance performance in the Vancouver Quarter. ANL-160802-163317009
Children from various West Norfolk Primary Schools enjoy a Lion Dance performance in the Vancouver Quarter. ANL-160802-163317009

With the beat of a drum and a dancing dragon, the Vancouver Quarter is gearing up to welcome in the Chinese New Year in style.

The James Uglow Lion Group will be returning to the shopping centre to perform on Baxter’s Plain (near Argos and Costa) at 11am on Friday, January 27, to herald in the Year of the Rooster – or cockerel as we say in Britain.

Roosters are active, amusing, popular, healthy, outspoken, honest, loyal, talkative and charming.

They are also known to enjoy the spotlight – but can be vain and boastful.

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter centre manager, said: “Once again we will be inviting schools from around King’s Lynn to join us in the centre to watch the performance.

“The James Uglow Lion Group performance is always incredibly energetic and never fails to engage the children.”

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year.

The festivities traditionally start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the New Year.

Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac.

The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.