Children welcome the Chinese New Year at library event

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LU

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

A group of children spent their Saturday afternoon celebrating the year of the pig at a Suffolk library.

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LU

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The event, which took place at Newmarket Library, involved youngsters being creative with Chinese calligraphy, traditional paper cutting, and story time.

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LU

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

February 5 marks the start of the Chinese calendar but these youngsters were keen to celebrate early.

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LU

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The date of Chinese New Year varies according to the lunar calendar.

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LU

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Chinese New Year is slightly earlier this year compared to last which saw the celebrations take place on February 16. On Chinese New Year, Chinese families will gather for the annual reunion dinner - it is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any bad luck and to welcome in good luck.

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LU

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

2019 is the year of the pig and those who are born in the year of the pig are thought to be realistic, energetic, and enthusiastic.

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LU

Cillian and Thomas Geraghty at the Chinese New Year workshop at Newmarket library Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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