Sun City-having gone under the knife to the tune of R800 as part of refurbishment- will once again host the annual Chinese New Year carnival from February 13.
Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year.
The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the New Year.
Making for a vibrant spectacle, traditional Chinese lion dancers will weave their way through the resort, decorated with glowing Chinese lanterns, to the Monkey Spring Plaza where a dramatic fireworks display will be staged.
“Few nations celebrate New Year in the spectacular style of the Chinese. We will pay homage to our Chinese patrons and the millions of people who celebrate the Chinese New Year with a colourful celebration and special treats for our guests,” says Mike van Vuuren, Managing Executive at Sun City.
Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. This year it’s the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle.
The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028. People born in the Year of the Monkey are described as quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous.
Since the Entertainment Center is under construction, similarly, some of the restaurants in Sun City will enter into the spirit of the celebration adding a Chinese flavour to their menus.
Yep, don’t be alarmed Mandarin is SA’s official language…
Happy New Year to our Chinese counterparts!