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Jersey Lunar New Year Festival

About Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is the world's biggest festival, celebrated by 1.5 billion people around the world.

The first Jersey Lunar New Year Festival celebrates the Year of the Rabbit from Sunday 22 January to Sunday 5 February 2023.

Around 2,000 Jersey residents originate from Asian nations where Lunar New Year is celebrated. Join them, and the millions of people around the world in celebration.

Events

Date Time Location Event Information
Monday 9 January to Saturday 25 February All day
Jersey Library "Chinese in the UK" Exhibition from British Library

Experience Chinese and British culture through bespoke displays taking the lead from the British Library's current exhibition enhanced by additional pieces from our local collection.

Saturday 21 January10am to 12pmJersey Library

Children's Lunar New Year Art workshop with Kelly Eastwood

Drop-in session, no booking needed.
Saturday 21 January2pm to 3pmJersey LibraryTea Demonstration by Hautlieu School Mrs Grace Dong and students from Hautlieu School will give a free tea demonstration.
Sunday 22 January10am to 11amRoyal Square
Tai Chi Practice

Try out Tai Chi, taught by the profession Lion and Dragon Dancers.

Sunday 22 January12pm to 4pmCentral marketOpening Ceremony and Tasty Asia Food Market

Enjoy dishes prepared from our local Jersey vendors

  • Dragon Dance around central market 12pm to 12.15pm 
  • Lion Dance with lion's eyes dotting 12.30pm
  • Students' Choir 1.30pm to 1.45pm
  • Cambodian Dance 2.30pm to 2.45pm 
  • Tasty Asia Food Market in the Central Market (12.30pm to 4pm) 
Monday 23 January to Saturday 25 FebruaryAll dayJersey Library

Photography Exhibition "Our Festival" from the Chinese National Museum of Ethnology  

In collaboration with the Chinese National Museum of Ethnology, come and enjoy a taste of the celebrations across China at the Jersey Library.
Monday 23 January6pm to 8pmAwabiDumpling making workshop at AWABI restaurant

Get tickets on Eventbrite

 

Friday 27 January12pmJersey LibraryCulture Talk with Layla Arthur and Dr Karlis Rokpelnis

Part of the Creative Island Partnership's 'Free Thinking' series in the Jersey Library. A Cultural discussion with Jersey-born artist, Layla Arthur who specialises in papercutting art and Dr Karlis Rokpelnis, an expert in Chinese Culture from Minzu University of China.

Saturday 28 January10am to 4pm with 1 hour lunch break includedJersey MuseumPaper making workshop with Layla Arthur

Learn how to cut paper and how to design images which work as cut outs.

The workshop duration includes 5 hours cutting time. 

All materials needed for the workshop will be provided.

Get tickets on Eventbrite

Saturday 28 January10am to 12pmJersey Library

Children's Lunar New Year Art workshop with Kelly Eastwood

Drop-in session, no booking needed.
Saturday 28 January2pm to 3pmJersey LibraryTea Demonstration by Hautlieu School

Mrs Grace Dong and students from Hautlieu School will give a free tea demonstration.

 

Sunday 29 January12pm to 4pmCentral marketTasty Asia Food Market 
Sunday 29 January1pm to 4pm

Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre, FB Field, St Clements

Table Tennis Open Day at St Clement Sports Centre  Bats and balls will be provided.
Sunday 5 February12pm to 4pmSt Helier Parish Hall

Traditional Chinese Dance

and Riddle Activities

The Lantern Festival marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebration.


Cultural festivals in Jersey

Jersey Lunar New Year Festival is organised by members of the Creative Island Partnership and supported by the Government of Jersey. 

The event aims to give an opportunity to Islanders of East Asian origin to come together around a major tradition of their national cultures and to share that tradition and history with all islanders. 

It is one of a number of cultural festivals being planned for this year to mark dates that are significant to members of Jersey's community originating from other nations, including Diwali, Polish Heritage Day and the Romanian National Day.

Government is seeking to work with groups representing minority communities to see how their festivals, traditions and identities can be showcased.

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