Celebrating Chinese New Year with a step back in time

A group of performers with their props and instruments for Chinese new year Picture: ARCHANT

A group of performers with their props and instruments for Chinese new year Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Today as the Chinese community in Ipswich mark the start of the Year of the Pig, we look back to celebrations held at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich in 1986.

Man performing martial arts to the audience Picture: ARCHANT

Man performing martial arts to the audience Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Chinese New Year is a big celebration bringing people together at the beginning on the traditional start of the Chinese calender.

And back in February 1986 the Chinese community here in Ipswich were joined at the Corn Exchange by the then Mayor for martial art demonstrations and a parade with traditional Chinese dragon dancers leading the way.

This year we are celebrating the year of the pig but in 1986 it was the year of the tiger.

Chinese New Year is one of several festivities which belong to the Lunar New Years in Asia.

The Mayor of Ipswich being greeted at the celebrations Picture: ARCHANT

The Mayor of Ipswich being greeted at the celebrations Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

People gather and converse over traditional Chinese food, celebrating the new start.

Share your memories of the festivities below.

A martial arts expert performing some moves Picture: ARCHANT

A martial arts expert performing some moves Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Man giving out gifts to the children Picture: ARCHANT

Man giving out gifts to the children Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The people who bring the Chinese dragon to life, posing with the decorative head Picture: ARCHANT

The people who bring the Chinese dragon to life, posing with the decorative head Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The mayor of Ipswich attends Chinese New Year in 1986 Picture: ARCHANT

The mayor of Ipswich attends Chinese New Year in 1986 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant