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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Kolkata rings in Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year was celebrated on February 19th, 2015, According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with an animal sign, in a rotational 12-year cycle. 2015 is the year of the Goat, a personality that is calm, gentle, creative, honest and perseverant.
Chinese New Year is traditionally knowns as Spring Festival, the most important celebration for families in China. The date is based on the Lunar calendar and varies from year to year, but wherever people are, they reunite with their families to celebrate the festival together.
Chinese New Year is celebrated with fireworks, dragon dances and temple fairs. Chinese snacks are in abundance. Fish is believe to bring good luck, and is usually on the festival menu. Dumpling, spring rolls and rice cakes are also commonly served, to bring wealth and prosperity. Gifts of money are exchanged in red envelopes.
In India, Kolkata's Chinese community celebrates with the festival with gusto. Here's a peek at Chinese New Year celebrations in Kolkata through the years.

 Members of the Chinese community perform a lion dance as they celebrate the Chinese New Year in Kolkata on January 31, 2014. Chinese communities worldwide are welcoming the 'Year of the Horse'. 

 Members of the Chinese community perform a lion dance as they celebrate the Chinese New Year in Kolkata on January 31, 2014. Chinese communities worldwide are welcoming the 'Year of the Horse'. 

 Members of the chinese community perform a Lion dance as they celebrate the Chinese New Year in Kolkata, on January 23, 2012. China is welcoming the year of the dragon, a symbol considered to be particularly auspicious because it is the only mythical creature among the dozen animals that represent each year in the Chinese cosmic cycle. 

 Members of the chinese community perform a Lion dance as they celebrate the Chinese New Year in Kolkata, on January 23, 2012. China is welcoming the year of the dragon, a symbol considered to be particularly auspicious because it is the only mythical creature among the dozen animals that represent each year in the Chinese cosmic cycle. 

 A member of the Chinese community is pictured in a lion dance costume as they celebrate the Chinese New Year in Kolkata on February 10, 2013. Chinese communities worldwide are welcoming the 'Year of the Snake'.
 Members of the Chinese community perform a lion dance as they celebrate the Chinese New Year in Kolkata on February 10, 2013. Chinese communities worldwide are welcoming the 'Year of the Snake'. 

Members of the Chinese community prepare to perform a lion dance as they celebrate the Chinese New Year in Kolkata on February 10, 2013. Chinese communities worldwide are welcoming the 'Year of the Snake'.
 

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