Wai Fong Lee from the Swansea Chinese Community Centre said that celebrating Chinese New Year was important to "bring the Chinese community together, and other communities together too."
She told our reporter Nicola Hendy such events could help to "create harmony in society" here in Wales.
Special celebrations will be held in Swansea today to mark Chinese New Year.
The chinese community in Swansea have organised a day of events at the Waterfront Museum. There'll be music displays, dance performances and traditional crafts.
2013 is the Year of the Snake. According to the chinese zodiac this means it's a year for steady progress and attention to detail.