PICTURES: Shoppers see in the year of the horse at Whitgift Centre's Chinese New Year celebrations

A traditional Chinese Lion dance enthralled the crowds. Shoppers enjoyed the spectacle at the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Picture by Glenn Foster http://tinyurl.com/GlennFoster

Chinese New Year celebrations took place at the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Picture by Glenn Foster http://tinyurl.com/GlennFoster

Shoppers enjoyed the spectacle at the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Picture by Glenn Foster http://tinyurl.com/GlennFoster

People could get involved by trying their hand at crafts including calligraphy. Picture by Glenn Foster http://tinyurl.com/GlennFoster

Whitgift Centre was in a celebratory mood on Sunday for Chinese New Year. Picture by Glenn Foster http://tinyurl.com/GlennFoster

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Shoppers took a trip to the Far East without ever leaving Croydon when they enjoyed the spectacle of Chinese New Year celebrations.

The two 45 minute shows at the Whitgift Centre on Sunday included traditional Chinese Lion dances, martial arts, and Chinese dance along with folk and opera singing performances.

And people could also get involved in the events to mark the start of the year of the horse by trying their hand at calligraphy, Chinese painting and horse craft workshops.

Sunday’s shows and workshops were put on by Croydon’s Kung Fu School and the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM) at London South Bank University.

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