Sun International’s Sun City will be a showcase of Chinese culture and all things oriental on 13 February 2015 in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Making for a vibrant spectacle, traditional Chinese lion dancers will weave their way through the resort, decorated with glowing Chinese lanterns, to the Monkey Spring Plaza where a dramatic fireworks display will be staged.
“Few nations celebrate New Year in the spectacular style of the Chinese. We will pay homage to our Chinese patrons and the millions of people who celebrate the Chinese New Year with a colourful celebration and special treats for our guests,” says Mike van Vuuren, Managing Executive at Sun City.
Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the New Year.
Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. This year it’s the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028. People born in the Year of the Monkey are described as quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous.
Throughout the world Chinese New Year is marked by a large and sumptuous feast of meats, fish, seafood, duck, special dumplings, noodles and other delicacies. Similarly, some of the restaurants in Sun City will enter into the spirit of the celebration adding a Chinese flavour to their menus. Guests at the hotels will be given red envelops with gold chocolate coins. Red envelopes filled with small gifts of food or sweets are traditionally exchanged between friends or relatives over New Year.
The lion dance will begin at Sun City Hotel at 17h30 and end at the Monkey Spring Plaza at 20h30. The fireworks display will follow promptly at 20h30, ending off the celebrations on a high note.
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