Members of the Ramesh Patel Shoalin Kung Fu club perform for the crowd as part of Chinese New Year celebrations.
Members of the Ramesh Patel Shoalin Kung Fu club perform for the crowd as part of Chinese New Year celebrations. David Nielsen

Ipswich hops into Chinese New Year

IPSWICH welcomed the Year of the Rabbit in style yesterday with a boisterous celebration in the city mall.

Families were entertained with a lion dance in the morning fol- lowed by a kung fu demonstration and samples of delicious Chinese food.

Ipswich dad Robin Yong enjoyed watching the lion dance with his wife Cindy and two sons Jaymers, 20 months, and Jeiron, 3.

Mr Yong, who moved to Ipswich a year ago, said he had taken his kids to see the dance in Singapore and wanted them to see it again in Australia.

“These guys are really good,” Mr Yong said.

“The kids enjoyed it.”

Mr Yong said the dancers were professional and did a great job.

“The lion is very heavy; you need to have a lot of strength in the ribs,” he said.

Many people believe the Year of the Rabbit symbolises a placid year after the ferocious year of the Tiger, when people should get some rest after the battles of the previous year.

It is believed lifestyles can become leisurely in the Year of the Rabbit and it may be possible for people to be carefree and happy.

The Chinese New Year began on February 3 this year but Ipswich held its celebrations at the weekend.



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