Chinese Dragon at Old Market Square

Celebrations of the Chinese New Year kicked off at Nottingham’s fourth Temple Fair event at Old Market Square.

People from across Nottingham gathered in the city centre on Saturday between 10:30am and 5:30pm to launch the Year of the Pig.

This free event was run by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and supported by the Asia Business Centre and Nottingham Confucius Institute.

Several stalls were set up selling traditional Chinese food, drinks and snacks, as well as families taking part in different activities such as calligraphy, brush-painting, paper cutting and story-telling.

Talents were showcased on stage with singing, musical performances and the iconic Chinese Dragon dance.

“It was nice to take part in this celebration together.”
Gar Wan, Beeston 

The KK Tea house stall

One of the owners of the KK Tea house had a stall at the event. Gar Wan, 34, from Beeston, said: “It is our first time setting up our stall at the Temple fair event and it is nice to take part in this celebration together.”

This year is represented by the Pig, which is the 12th of the 12-year animal cycle that appear on the Chinese zodiac and calendar.

People born in 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019 fall under this Chinese zodiac sign.