Chinese celebrations kick off

PUBLISHED: 14:28 22 February 2007 | UPDATED: 10:12 31 May 2010

Clavering and Arkesden toddlers meet the lion after the dance – Dick Harding

Clavering and Arkesden toddlers meet the lion after the dance - Dick Harding

TODDLERS at Clavering and Arkesden Playgroup celebrated the Chinese New Year in style on Monday. The children were treated to a martial arts demonstration and a lion dance by local Tong Sou Gung Fu instructor, Kar Tse. Nicola Smith, who runs the playgrou

TODDLERS at Clavering and Arkesden Playgroup celebrated the Chinese New Year in style on Monday.

The children were treated to a martial arts demonstration and a lion dance by local

Tong Sou Gung Fu instructor, Kar Tse.

Nicola Smith, who runs the playgroup at Clavering Village Hall with Donna Palmer, said the youngsters had an enjoyable day.

"We are celebrating Chinese New Year this week and the children enjoyed the opportunity to have a little taste of how the Chinese celebrate," she said.

"Kar Tse, who runs martial arts classes in Clavering and Bishop's Stortford, kindly offered to give a demonstration and perform traditional lion dance."

Sunday saw the start of the Chinese New Year, ending the Year of the Dog and beginning the Year of the Boar.

"All of the children also had fun making their own Chinese lanterns and we'll all be trying different sorts of Chinese foods over the course of the week," added Ms Smith.

The Chinese New Year is a 15-day festival, beginning on the first day of the first lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

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