A Very Happy Chinese New Year to Maranatha Families

The Asian Community and Cultural Center is ringing in the Year of the Rooster by hosting a three-hour celebration featuring traditional dishes and dance on January 28 as part of a celebration of the 2017 Lunar New Year.

The public is invited to attend this free event, with festivities beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 on the front lawn of the County Building.

The annual Dragon Dance will naturally be a crowd-pleaser, as will the "God of Prosperity" giving out red envelopes to guests to bring them good fortune over the coming year.

"As the Chinese New Year is seen in across the world, it looks as though Britain's businesses are set for a Golden Week "gold rush", said James Frost, chief marketing officer for Worldpay in the UK.

Sifu Julian Dale, from the kung-fu school, said: "We've been planning this for a year with a number of new surprise additions that will make this year the biggest and best ever".

Each year an animal is assigned using the classification scheme, the Chinese zodiac, in a repeating twelve-year cycle and this is year is the Year of the Rooster.

They will welcome the Year of the Rooster with a parade and colourful displays organised by the Chinese and Oriental Community Association.

"All these events are our small contribution towards enhancing the visitor experience and complementing the hard work of our inbound tour stakeholders as well", Mr. Prasad said.

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