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Chinese New Year Celebration – Year of the Dog 2018

With the support of Glasgow City Council Area Partnership Budgets and Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund, we organised a joint event to celebrate the Year of the Dog and our ‘Chinese Climate Change Project’ on Sunday 18 February. The event was a success with over 500 people attended. It was our great honour to have Patrick Grady MP to celebrate the day with us.

At the event, we had lion dance, Chinese cultural dance, Kung Fu, and Chinese instrument. In addition to showcasing Chinese Culture, we also incorporated Climate Change theme as part of our Chinese Climate Change Project. There were fun and educational activities such as making of paper windmills using leftover wallpaper, making of Chinese lanterns using old magazine, paper cutting using old red packets, to promote recycling and clean energy. We also had smoothie bike to promote cycling.

Windmills and red packets have special meanings to us. Turning the windmill will bring good luck. During Chinese New Year, we put money into red packets and give them to the young ones, wishing them all the best throughout the year. We throw away tonnes of red packets every year. Using our creativity, we can make many beautiful art crafts from these old red packets. We even used old magazine to create some art craft to decorate the performance stage.
This year is the year of the DOG. Keep Scotland Beautiful kindly loaned us three dog costumes to be used during the performance. Our two Money Gods played a funny show with the three dogs telling people to act responsibly when enjoying the natural beauty of Scotland.

We also invited other CCF partners to take part in our celebration. We take this opportunity to thank the organisations which joined us and set up their own activity stalls including Home Energy Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Foodfruition, and the Conservation Volunteer. We also thank all the volunteers who contributed their talent and time to make the event a success.

When celebrating the Chinese New Year, we also introduced climate change conversation to the community.