Welcoming in the Chinese New Year at Nan Hua Temple

2017 - The Year of the Rooster

Also known as the spring festival, the Chinese New Year celebrations are marked by rich contrasted pops of colour, fireworks, dragon and lion dancers, and filled with cultures from all over the world curiously joining in to celebrate this sort after celebration. It will leave you immersed in and passionate about this authentic Chinese culture.

This past Sunday, I decided to celebrate it for the second year running at the Nan Hua Temple in Bronkhorstspruit.

I love the temple and I often visit here to run my photography workshops and share in a cup of home made green tea with the residents. I actually look for any reason to visit, so you can imagine the excitement I felt leading up to this day. I was receiving regular updates on our whatsapp groups, and Facebook channels from my friends at the Johannesburg Photowalkers: a very enthusiastic bunch of photographers that shared my excitement.

A century old festival

The Chinese New Year gets celebrated on a different day each year, so it becomes a little tricky trying to plan out your visit, so its best you do some research before you flat foot the hour's drive there.

The new year starts at the beginning of the second new moon after the winter solstice and ends on the full moon fifteen days later with a lantern festival.