Children in Rugby prepare to enter the dragon for Chinese New Year

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IT’S a case of enter the dragon as Chinese New Year celebrations get under way in Rugby.

The Chinese New Year started on Monday and among the activities is a colourful cultural display and party at the United Reformed Church in Hillmorton Road.

It is being held by Rugby Warwickshire Chinese Society on Sunday, February 5, to celebrate the arrival of the Year of Dragon.

In Chinese zodiac, dragon symbolises power, energy, ambition, independence and loyalty.

The celebration takes place at 2pm and tickets are available on the door.

Amy Zhang, chairman of Rugby Warwickshire Chinese Society, said: “It will start with a Chinese lunch and followed by a traditional lion dance, Kung Fu demonstrations, sing-songs and music.

“The Rugby Warwickshire Chinese Society welcome all guests from the local community and would like to take this opportunity to thank Sporting Equal Age UK and Warwickshire County Council for their support to the event.”

Children in Rugby have been learning about Chinese traditions as part of the New Year.

At Caldecote Day Nursery and Blue Windmill Nursery, children have been learning about Chinese culture, making colourful masks and enjoying tasty treats.

At Daisykins Day Nursery, in Whitehall Road, children have been taking part in various activities and experiences.

Kelly Hibberd, deputy manager, said: “Great Dais Pre-school children designed and created their very own dragon from the junk modelling resources that our parents brought in.

“Children have also been busy either joining in with Chinese food tasting, making fortune cookies, chopstick printing. Babies have been exploring the texture of cooked noodles,” she said.