Currently the city with the only Chinatown of India, Calcutta witnesses a number of colourful events around the Chinese New Year. Both the old Chinatown in Tiretta Bazar and the new one in Tangra dresses up and the celebration continues well into the first month. Though the annual Dragon Dance stage show in Tiretta Bazar kicks start the festival, the traditional events start from the morning of the 1st day of the year. In the morning the Lion Dancers’ groups start their performance in the various Chinese temples. After performing in front of their Gods they leave the temples to visit the Chinese establishments and houses accompanied by drums, cymbals and firecrackers. They dance in front of the houses, which is believed to bring good luck for the business and the members of the house. While they are performing, a piece of lettuce along with a red envelope containing some money is tied in a string and hung above them. The lion dancers showing great skill approaches the hung items. The lion head first eats the lettuce and then throws it out while keeping the red envelope and the money as their reward.
All the below images were shot during the last Chinese New Year on 31st January 2014 in Tiretta Bazar.
The next Chinese New Year is on 19th of February 2015