Year of the Monkey celebrated in grand style at The Boardwalk

FEBRUARY 12, 2016

The Boardwalk was a colourful showcase of Chinese culture on Sunday, in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Hailing the start of the Year of the Monkey, traditional Chinese lion and dragon dancers from the Shun Wu Tang Martial Arts Academy wove their way through the complex from The Boardwalk International Convention Centre (ICC) and back again for the main event where guests, including the Chairperson of the Eastern Province Chinese Association, Mike Timkoe, enjoyed a festive celebration.

The Boardwalk ICC was decked out in spectacular style, with rich gold and red, colours synonymous with Chinese New Year. 

“Few nations celebrate New Year with the enthusiasm and excitement of the Chinese. The Boardwalk’s Chinese New Year event has become an institution and once again we were privileged to pay homage to our Chinese patrons and the millions of people who celebrate the Chinese New Year,” says Nqobile Majozi, Marketing Manager at The Boardwalk.

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, this year being the 7th of February, and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the New Year.

“Chinese New Year is a grand and joyous celebration for Chinese families all over the world. In Port Elizabeth we have a large Chinese community and we are honoured to offer our community members an opportunity to come together to celebrate. Many of them have families spread across the globe. This event helped them feel united during this special time,” says Timkoe.

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,” says Timkoe.

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.  True to tradition, Willy Fan, the owner chef at Yi Pin, a restaurant at The Boardwalk, prepared a sumptuous menu of traditional Chinese dishes. Guests were treated to lively dragon and lion dances accompanied by drums, which according to Chinese beliefs are done to chase away evil in the New Year.

Main image: Traditional Chinese lion and dragon dancers from the Shun Wu Tang Martial Arts Academy entertained guests at the Chinese New year celebration at The Boardwalk. They are pictured here with Colin Saunders, the Gaming Manager at The Boardwalk; the Chairperson of the Eastern Province Chinese Association, Mike Timkoe; Yolanda Timkoe and Brett Hoppé, the General Manager at The Boardwalk. Pictured taken by Leon Hugo.

Photo 2: It was a lucky night for Olive Changfoot (right) who won the main prize of R8 888 in the Money Tree Draw which took place during the Chinese New Year celebration at The Boardwalk on Sunday, 7 February 2016. She has won the main prize at the Chinese New Year event at The Boardwalk for the past three consecutive years. She is pictured with Colin Saunders, the Gaming Manager at The Boardwalk. Pictured taken by Leon Hugo.

Photo 3: Colin Saunders, the Gaming Manager at The Boardwalk gets up close and personal with a Chinese dragon at the event.

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