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Lion dancers bring Chinese New Year to life in Beaulieu

14th February 2019

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Beaulieu celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Pig on Sunday, 10th February, with residents gathering to watch two spectacular lion dances. Starting and finishing at the Beaulieu Heath and Beaulieu Keep marketing suites, the dancers made their way along The Chase Park and gardens for all to see.

Despite the wind and rain, there were lots of smiling faces as both children and adults watched the lion dancers bring their elaborate costumes to life. In China, the lion is known as a symbol of power, wisdom and good fortune. It chases away evil spirits and brings happiness, longevity and good luck.

In addition to the lion dancers, a complimentary Chinese food stall was also set up outside the marketing suites, for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Beaulieu’s Chinese New Year event was held between 11 am – 1 pm, but many of the residents stayed longer to socialise after the event.

Here are some fun facts about the Chinese New Year:

Approximately one sixth of the world’s population celebrate it.

More fireworks are set off on this special night in China than anywhere else in the world. In Chinese folklore, fireworks and firecrackers are meant to fend off bad luck and monsters. In the morning, these are used once more to welcome the new year and bring good luck.

恭喜发财 Happy New Year!