HUNDREDS packed out Huddersfield University at the weekend to celebrate the Year of the Rat, as celebrations for the Chinese New Year got under way.
People of all different cultures turned up to the University’s Quayside building to watch the array of magical events lined up throughout the course of the day.
Although hosted by Huddersfield University, the event was organised by the Huddersfield Chinese Community Centre (HCCC) to welcome in the new year, and the Year of the Rat, with a bang.
The celebrations began at 11am with a Chinese Lion Dance, before moving on to martial art demonstrations including Tai Chi and Taekwon-Do, by Johnnie Chan and the Demonstration Team.
Other activities included a Chinese dance, Chinese Opera Music from Manchester, and a children’s performance from the Huddersfield Chinese Community Centre.
Sui Cheung, Centre Manager for the HCCC and Deputy Lord Lietenant for West Yorkshire, encouraged everyone to join the festivities.
She said: “Our aim is to promote Huddersfield’s vibrant Chinese community, and although we provide services mainly to Chinese people, we welcome people from all backgrounds to join our activities and become members.”
Around 600 people of all different ages, from Children, parents and grandparents, to students, visited the event throughout the course of the day.
The celebrations ended with a Songs and Musical Instruments Magic show.
There was also a wide range of food, and arts and craft stalls celebrating the Chinese culture.
Ms Cheung added: “It was a great success and everyone had a lovely day. About 550 people turned up which was just fantastic. The performances throughout the day ensured everyone was greatly entertained.”