Exit Dragon, enter the Snake

A traditional Chinese lantern floats like a jellyfish over the throngs of revelers who gathered in Brightwater Commons, Johannesburg to celebrate the New Year.
A blindfolded reveller successfully hits the gong in a popular Chinese game known as Ring the Bell, or Qiao Luo. The game was included in Chinese New Year celebrations at Brightwater Commons in Johannesburg last weekend.
A reveller participates in a round of "Blind Man," a popular Chinese game also known as Ring the Bell, or Qiao Luo. The game was included in Chinese New Year celebrations at Brightwater Commons in Johannesburg last weekend.
Revellers at Chinese New Year celebrations at Brightwater Commons in Johannesburg last weekend donned traditional "paddy hats," or Douli, as they enjoyed the cultural displays on offer.
Marlvin Anotida Dzvaka (2) casts a serious eye over Chinese New Year proceedings at Brightwater Commons in Johannesburg, from the shade of a traditional umbrella. Children were treated to a variety of demonstrations during the festivities last weekend.
Members of Chung Wah bring the motionless dragon to life in symbolic dance. Around seven people participated in this beautiful display of the beast at the Chinese New Year festivities at Brightwater Commons in Johannesburg
A little girl explores the elaborately-decorated head of a traditional Chinese dragon, used in the New Year's celebrations at Brightwater Commons in Johannesburg last weekend.
Cultural Affairs Attaché Wei Tingting writes names in Chinese letters for attendees of the Chinese New Year festivities at Brightwater Commons in Johannesburg last weekend.
Members of the Chung Wah association entertained crowds with a traditional dragon dance during Chinese New Year festivities at Brightwater Commons in Johannesburg last weekend. The dragon is considered a symbol of good luck, long life and wisdom in Chines
A man writes traditional Chinese letters in black ink on pieces of parchment as part of a cultural display at a Chinese New Year celebration in Johannesburg last weekend.
A member of the Chung Wah association participates in a traditional dragon dance at last weekend's Chinese New Year festivities at Brightwater Commons in Johannesburg. The troupe participates in the event every year.

Hundreds of Johannesburg residents came out to enjoy a sunny Chinese New Year celebration at Brightwater Commons on the weekend. 

On show were dozens of dancers concealed in glittering, colourful paper dragons, swooping and sweeping away last year's negativity, while agile Kung Fu fighters and acrobats performed a series of precise moves to commemorate the Year of the Water Snake. 

 

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