A festive atmosphere pulsed through Ruyi Restaurant, Blackrock Casino on Saturday, February 2.
Laughter filling the air, as Taiwanese families gathered together, preparing to welcome the Taiwanese/Chinese New Year.
Hosted by the Newcastle Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce (NTCC), the New Year celebrations focus on more than the dawn of a new year. It looks at the importance of family, friendship and forging relationships for a better tomorrow.
Rallying together as a community, while inviting special guests to join in the festivities, the NTCC festivities proved to be a colourful affair with cultural dances and fun.
Special guests at the event included dignitaries such as Matthew Wei-chung Chou, the representative of the Taipei Liaison Office in South Africa, whose presence added an official touch to the proceedings.
This Taiwanese year marks the Year of the Pig.
The Pig is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac, relating to the Chinese calendar.
In the continuous sexagenary cycle of 60 years, every twelfth year corresponds to hai, (the twelfth of the twelve Earthly Branches). This re-recurring twelfth year is commonly called the Year of the Pig.
There are five types of Pigs, named after the Chinese elements. They are: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. Thus there are five pig years in every sexegenary cycle. This year, the Earthly Branch is the twelfth, hài, and the Heavenly Stem is the sixth.
It is believed by some that men born during the Year of the Pig are optimistic and gentle. Often focused on their goals. Women born during this period are usually filled with excitement and have good fortune with wealth.
With a jubliant atmosphere, exquisite food, an array of dances and good company, the night was thoroughly enjoyed by one and all.