Chinese New Year is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival. The date for Chinese New Year is different every year as it is set according to the Lunar calendar. It falls on the first day of the new moon which begins in either late January or February. Chinese New Year celebrations typically last for around 15 days, ending on the day of the full moon. Customs differ, but the main message of Chinese New Year is for families to come together and wish each other peace and prosperity for the year ahead. In 2018, Chinese New Year is on February 16.
I attended my first Chinese New Year Parade in Newcastle. This is my impression of what was a great day in the City.
Newcastle is a very multi-cultural mix anyway, but there is a strong Chinese/Asian community in the City, dating back to 1881 – Visitors to St John’s Cemetery in Elswick, Newcastle, might have chanced upon a headstone written in Chinese letters. It is dated 1881 and is dedicated to a Chinese sailor who died of tuberculosis on board a transport ship after arrival at an Elswick shipyard. This is thought to relate to the Armstrong Whitworth yard where in the 1880s four cruisers (the Yangwei and Chaoyong in 1881 and the Zhiyuan and the Jingyuan in 1887) were designed and built for the Chinese navy.
Now there the community is around 20,000 and at its heart is Stowell Street in Newcastle.
Read more about the history of the Newcastle Chinese Community here The Chinese Newcastle Links
George & The Dragon (well Lion really)
Nope…Not happy at all!!
2018 Will Be The “Year Of The Dog” – its called Jess
Lion and Firecrackers!
Every Vantage Point Used
Hope you enjoyed this brief snapshot. The whole thing was on around 4 hours…and hadn’t fully finished before I left.
Equipment was my Fuji X-T2 with (mainly) my 27mm 2.8 lens. Some were shot on my 35mm 1.4