Chinese community in Kolkata hail advent of their New Year
Kolkata, Feb.4 : The Chinese community in Kolkata heralded their ensuing New Year with pomp and show on Sunday.
A gala show was hosted in China Town in central Kolkata.
The community which is mostly engaged in vocations like managing tanneries, making footwear, dentistry, beauty-care, laundry among others came together for the celebrations largely because of the weekly holiday factor.
This year, the Chinese New Year falls on February 10 and it is dedicated to the Water Snake.
"Because it is a Sunday, so we have it here to bring in this new year of the Water Snake Year, for the Chinese to come together. And by Water Snake, it means that this year things will happen quietly, very consciously and we all do our work and not make much noise," said Paul Chung, President of the Indian Chinese Association, Kolkata.
Most of the performances were staged by children and other artistes who performed dances to the tunes of traditional music.
Festivals like these are a huge draw for the local Indian populace as they get to spectacular visuals of cultures which are foreign to them.
The Chinese New Year is sometimes called the Lunar New Year, especially by people outside of China.
The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th. This day is also called as the Lantern Festival.
Chinese New Year's Eve is known as Chuxi which literally means 'Year Pass Eve'.