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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.

Chinese New Year celebrations underway

by Andy Dickenson

The Chinese New Year begins tomorrow and for some, the party has already started. It is the longest and most important festival in the Chinese calendar. Events are happening across the region.

Our reporter, Andy Dickenson has been to see "the year of the snake" being ushered in, in Kent. His interviewees were Michael Lam and Morel D'Souza from the Maidstone Cultural Group.

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