Happy Chinese New Year, Southend

It’s the year of the Rabbit, and Southend is celebrating today.

All day today, Saturday the 5th of February 2011, there are a number of activities taking place to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The day’s events kicked off at 11am with a short speech by the Mayor of Southend, then an impressive display of Chinese lions dancing for the gather crowds outside and inside the Victoria Shopping Centre.

Chinese New Year 2011 in Southend
Chinese New Year 2011 celebrations kick off in Southend-on-Sea

Events include acrobatics in the Victoria Shopping Centre, lantern-making for the kids in The Royals, Origami, Tai Chi, Chinese Opera face painting, and a lantern parade on the high street at 4pm. The day wraps up at 4:10pm with a Chinese Lion Dance and a Firecracker Finale in York Road at 4:30pm.

Day’s New Year festivities are supported by the South Essex Chinese Association and Southend Radio.

Happy New Year, all!

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