Chinese New Year in Old Market Square Nottingham. Picture taken by Charlie Wolfe

Chinese New Year’s celebrations were held in Nottingham’s Old Market Square. Attractions included stalls, dragon dancing and traditional singing.

The Old Market Square was filled with people on Saturday, February 2 celebrating Chinese New Year.

There were around twenty different stalls and a stage where performances were held all day from 10:30am till 5:30pm to celebrate the start of Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival.

At 2pm there was a traditional dragon dance performance in the Market Square.

Singers and dancers provided entertainment on the stage in Nottingham Centre.

The Chinese song seen in the video, Peach Blossom originally by A-Niu was performed welcoming the New Year and the cherry blossoms.

The Temple Fair event which is traditionally held near Chinese Temples was organised by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

This will be the Chinese year of the pig and the pig mascot could be seen having pictures taken with family’s in the Old Market Square and pig symbols decorating the stalls.

Many local businesses such as Asiana, the supermarket in Lace Market and stalls selling traditional Chinese snacks where present.

Pig mascot and performance stage in Old Market Square. Picture taken by Charlie Wolfe

Visit Nottingham, Nottingham’s official tourist body said:

” 2019 is the year represented by the Pig – the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac and calendar. Chinese zodiac is widely spread across most parts of the East Asian countries and has been a part of popular culture for centuries, appearing in films, animations and books alike.”

Chinese New Year day falls on Tuesday, February 5 this year and is based on the lunar calendar.

On February 5 the celebrations will continue as COSMO World Food Buffet in Nottingham City Centre are offering a special Chinese New Year dinner event featuring a Lion dance performance.

Stall selling Chinese snacks. Picture taken by Charlie Wolfe

Some Tweets from the day praising the event: