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Dragons dazzle as Perth celebrates Chinese New Year

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Hundreds of onlookers were treated to a dazzling spectacle in Perth city centre on Sunday as the region celebrated Chinese New Year.Perth and Kinross entered the Year of the Dragon with a number of events organised by the Perth Chinese Community Association.A vibrant and colourful parade set off from the council’s High Street offices at noon, making its way along to St John’s Place where dancing Chinese dragons and lions blessed the new Perth Museum.People were be able to explore festive stalls while listening to traditional Chinese music and watch a thrilling Kung Fu performance.Visitors enjoyed various crafts and activities including making your own dragon-themed bookmark.A number of entertaining events were also held in the council Civic Hall.Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, which is why the date changes from year to year.Usually the festival period lasts for 15 days, starting from Chinese New Year’s eve to the Lantern Festival.In 2024, this will take place over February 10-25 and is the most significant festival in the Chinese Calendar.In Chinese culture, the dragon holds a significant place as an extraordinary creature, symbolising power, nobility, honour, luck, and success.

People eat “auspicious food” during the new year period -such as fish which is a symbol of good luck, wealth and healthy life.• Picture credits: PKC

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