East Ham’s Chinese New Year celebration a roaring success

Chinese New Year was celebrated at East Ham Market Hall

Chinese New Year was celebrated at East Ham Market Hall - Credit: Archant

The Chinese New Year was celebrated in style in East Ham with a day of performances at the Market Hall on Saturday.

Chinese New Year was celebrated at East Ham Market Hall

Chinese New Year was celebrated at East Ham Market Hall - Credit: Archant

The lion dancers performed a fifteen minute routine on the hour between 12 and 4pm before leading spectators into East Ham Market Hall where they received a small red pouch.

Chinese New Year was celebrated at East Ham Market Hall

Chinese New Year was celebrated at East Ham Market Hall - Credit: Archant

Michelle Fitzgibbons, the sales and marketing manager for East Ham Market, had been driving around the area in a specially decorated car in the week leading up to the event.

She said: “We must have had around 500 people turn up, a really good turn-out this year.

“All the mums and dads seemed to enjoy it as well as the kids.”


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She added that there was a lot of engagement with the performances, including one woman who tried to perform kung fu moves at the lion.

“It was hilarious,” she said. “Everyone loved it.”

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The Market Hall has been hosting a celebration of Chinese New Year for four years, with attendances growing year on year.

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