|2 February 2000|
Chinese To Celebrate New Year
Local Chinese will stage a spectacular performance on Saturday 5 February to celebrate their New Year.
The celebrations will be held at the Wharenui Primary School, Riccarton, from 5pm on Saturday. It is significant that the celebrations are held there as the father of Rewi Alley, a New Zealander who devoted his life to working in China, was headmaster at the school.
A Chinese Language School is based on the Wharenui School campus also.
Two Chinese dragons will be seen along with a Chinese lion between 5pm 6pm. Chinese tea will be served, an exhibition of tai chi, and a fair of Chinese food delicacies from 6pm-7pm.
From 7pm a video will be shown of Chinese New Year celebrations.
Attending the celebrations will be four Chinese students from the Gansu Province, which has a sister province relationship with the Christchurch City Council. These students will arrive on Friday and will spend a month in Christchurch attending the schools of their hosts. Among their activities in Canterbury they will visit the Rewi Alley memorial at Springfield.
NB: The 30-man dragons and lion are said to be very photogenic.