Mayor welcomes in the Chinese New Year and encourages everyone to do their bit for a safe and healthy year ahead

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Mayor welcomes in the Chinese New Year and encourages everyone to do their bit for a safe and healthy year ahead

Post by Wirral Council News » Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:37 pm

Wirral residents will join people around the world tomorrow (Friday 12 February) to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Also known as the Lunar New Year, the day marks the first appearance of the new moon in a tradition that is thought to date back more than 5,000 years. As Chinese New Year is based on the moon’s cycle, it can take place between 21 January and 20 February.

Chinese communities usually celebrate the New Year by enjoying food and parties in community groups or with their extended family. However, COVID-19 lockdown restrictions mean that people must stay in their own bubble this New Year for their, and everyone’s, safety.

Technology is therefore expected to play a key part in connecting family, friends and communities this year, with organisations across our region laying on special online events and activities. They include:

China Spirit UK, based in Wallasey, has an afternoon of online family fun, including chopstix competitions and Lion Dancing for all the family to join in with from home. Visit their website for details of how you can join in on Zoom.
Culture Liverpool is hosting three days of online activities from Friday 12 February so that everyone can celebrate from the safety and comfort of their own homes. Activities include creative workshops, photo galleries, music and dance performances, and marital arts demonstrations. One highlight will be fun workshops by the Everyman & Playhouse Theatres on Saturday 13 February (booking required), which includes decoration making, calligraphy, Chinese dancing, and discovering Chinese rap and street dance.
Manchester Museum is offering an exciting online programme, which includes dance class for seniors, family-friendly decoration-making, and mouth-watering cookery demonstrations with recipe sheets to download.
The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art has created an online lantern making workshop for all ages to take part in using simple and readily available materials.

The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Tony Smith, said:

“The past year has tested all of us to our limits, but a new year brings new hope and a new start.

“And it seems fitting that the New Year is the year of the Ox, which is characterised by hard work, positivity and honesty – values we will all need in the coming months.

“One way we can all help ourselves and others to return to a more normal way of life as quickly as possible is to get the vaccine.

“Last week it was my turn to be vaccinated and I am delighted to be able to report that the whole process was very friendly and efficient - and it really is good feel you are doing your bit to help beat this horrible disease. So, when it is your turn and the NHS contacts you, please be assured that the vaccine is safe, has been through lots of testing, and offers a high level of protection. If you are not registered with a GP, please do it as quickly as possible so you do not miss your chance to be protected.

“In the meantime, please enjoy the New Year celebrations safely. Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year - Gong Hei Fat Choy!”

Anyone needing help or advice about COVID-19, including questions about the vaccine, is urged to contact Wirral Multicultural Organisation or Wirral Change, who have experienced health and community outreach workers who speak Chinese (and other) languages.

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Published by Wirral Council News on Thu, 11 Feb 2021

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