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Chinese New Year celebrations come to Gravesham

PUBLISHED: 16:30 18 January 2018

Gravesham will be celebrating with traditional Chinese entertainment on February 20, to mark the start of the Chinese New Year.

Included in the celebrations, which will start at 11am on Community Square, will be an ‘awakening’ of a lion.

The lion will receive green leaves from the Mayor before making its way across the square to receive more leaves from local businesses.

Entertainment will then follow in the Woodville auditorium from 11.30am, including Chinise martial arts, singing, dancing and music.

Celebrations traditionally last two weeks in China, and start this year on February 16.

Cllr Gurjit Bains said: “I am extremely proud of Gravesham and the diverse community that we have here.

The Chinese year of the dog is often recognised as promoting being strong-willed and loyal to your friends and neighbours, so let’s take this opportunity to rejoice in and embrace the many cultures and religious faiths that makes up our wholesome community.”

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