Kolkata (Calcutta), the only city in India with a Chinatown, celebrates the Chinese New Year with lots of enthusiasm. Earlier I wrote about the celebrations at Tiretti Bazaar, or the old Chinatown. This year I went to Tangra, or the new Chinatown, to cover the New Year’s Eve celebration at the Pei May Chinese High School.
Before entering the school, my wife and I decided to go for an early dinner at Kafulok. The new Chinatown is famous for the Chinese bar cum restaurants and most of them are pocket friendly. After the dinner, which we washed down with beer and breezer, we were all set to attend the celebration.
Chinese Kali temple is a temple of the Hindu Goddess Kali, whom the Indian Chinese of this area also pray to. Hence the name.
The Pei May Chinese High School compound is huge with a big building and open areas in front. It was all decked up with beautiful Chinese lanterns and lights.
There was a temple on the school building’s roof. People were coming to pray here before going down to attend the celebration.
The list of events for the evening was as below –
1. Traditional Drumming
2. Junior Lion Dance
3. Double Lions
4. Group Drumming
5. Cymbals Shuffling
6. Western Dance
7. Lion vs Monkey
9. Martial Art
The performances ended around 11:30PM We thoroughly enjoyed all the performances and hope to come back to attend the celebrations next year 🙂