Days Gone By: Celebrating the Chinese Year of the Dragon on Ipswich Cornhill in 2000

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons - Credit: Archant

Chinese New Year was marked across the county and beyond earlier this month, but here we remember celebrations in Ipswich in 2000.

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons - Credit: Archant

2018 is the Year of the Dog, but this gallery remembers celebrations on the Cornhill to see in the Year of the Dragon in 2000.

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons - Credit: Archant

The affair saw bold and bright dancing dragons snake their way through the town centre, and drew in a huge crowd of spectators.

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons - Credit: Archant

The Chinese dragon symbolises prosperity and good luck, along with the traditional red envelopes that are often exchanged as new year gifts.

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons - Credit: Archant

The red envelopes are filled with money and are typically only given to children.

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons - Credit: Archant


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The colour red denotes good luck or fortune and happiness within the Chinese culture.

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons - Credit: Archant

Decorations for the new year will often be the colour red for this reason, and you will often see red lanterns hung up for the festivities.

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