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Days Gone By: Celebrating the Chinese Year of the Dragon on Ipswich Cornhill in 2000

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 February 2018

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons

Crowds gather to watch the dance of the dragons

Chinese New Year was marked across the county and beyond earlier this month, but here we remember celebrations in Ipswich in 2000.

Dragons and others in costume making their way through townDragons and others in costume making their way through town

2018 is the Year of the Dog, but this gallery remembers celebrations on the Cornhill to see in the Year of the Dragon in 2000.

The spectacle featured bold and bright coloursThe spectacle featured bold and bright colours

The affair saw bold and bright dancing dragons snake their way through the town centre, and drew in a huge crowd of spectators.

The event drew in a huge crowd on Ipswich CornhillThe event drew in a huge crowd on Ipswich Cornhill

The Chinese dragon symbolises prosperity and good luck, along with the traditional red envelopes that are often exchanged as new year gifts.

Crowds follow the dragons as they dance through the town centreCrowds follow the dragons as they dance through the town centre

The red envelopes are filled with money and are typically only given to children.

Crowds line up to see the dragons danceCrowds line up to see the dragons dance

The colour red denotes good luck or fortune and happiness within the Chinese culture.

The celebration was to mark the Year of the Dragon in 2000The celebration was to mark the Year of the Dragon in 2000

Decorations for the new year will often be the colour red for this reason, and you will often see red lanterns hung up for the festivities.

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