Chinese Circus Heading to Dubai
Just in time for Chinese New Year, this circus troupe will bring 2000 years of tradition to life on the Madinat Theatre stage. Featuring 20 performers, the 70 minute show is just one part of the Madinat Jumeirah’s celebrations for The Year of the Horse. They’re also rolling out street parades and food stalls.
Chinese New Year FYI
1 This year it officially falls on 31 Jan, and is traditionally celebrated for 15 days, with each day having its own events and traditions
2 It’s also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival.
3 It sees people adorn their doors with red decorations, and give money gifts in red envelopes. The colour comes from the legend of a mythical beast, Nian, who was said to be afraid of the colour red.
4 The last day of the celebrations traditionally sees single women write their number on a mandarin orange and throw it into a lake for single men to find. Kind of like Valentine’s Day. But with oranges.
5 The new year greeting is “Kung Hei Fat Choi” , which means “wishing you happiness and prosperity.”
INFO: Dhs170 (stalls), Dhs150 (balcony), 4.30pm and 7pm, 28 Jan-1 Feb, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 65 46, www.madinattheatre.com