Chinese New Year celebrations

It's a happy new year to the Chinese community in the region. This year it is the year of the snake and events are taking place in many towns over the next few days.

Year of the Snake celebrations

In Southampton there is a special event at 10.30am in the West Quay shopping cente. Councillor Derek Burke, mayor of Southampton, and Joe Hon, from the Chinese community, will take part in the Dian Jin ceremony, which involves painting the eye of the lion in the traditional dance.

At 1150pm women from the Chinese Association of Southampton choir will be performing in the shopping centre. There will also be a matrial arts display and a Horse Dance from the association's youth group.