The Chinese New Year was celebrated in a festival of colour and sound in Port Elizabeth on Sunday night.
Closing the year of the sheep, Chinese Dragon and Lion Dancers put on a spectacular show welcoming the year of the Monkey.
The Chinese New Year celebration came as a wonderful surprise to those who have never seen it.
“It’s is so fantastic, it’s nice to see other cultures besides ours as South Africans,” said one watcher.
Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg are the only cities fortunate enough to host the traditional Dragon Dance groups.
The festivities symbolise a new beginning and a time to give.
“This red envelope has some money inside. For us instead of buying some goodies or presents, we rather hand out some cash as a present, so that the next person can go and buy what they like for this New Year. This time we dedicating this to the monkeys,” says Eastern Cape Province Chinese Association’s Micheal Timkoe.
A prosperous and wonderful new year has also been wished upon the Chinese community by President Jacob Zuma.
He said in a statement that South Africa is appreciative of the role that the Chinese community continues to play in everyday South African life.
President Zuma expressed his hope for a prosperous, lively and optimistic year that will see a further improvement in relations between South Africa and China.