3rd Mar, 2021

WATCH: Find out how Coventry's Godiva Sisters are celebrating Chinese Year of the Ox

CHINESE New Year 2021 lasts for 16 days – and to celebrate the Year of the Ox Coventry’s Godiva Sisters have brought some vivid colour to brighten up their peace tree in War Memorial Park.

This Friday (February 26) Pru Porretta – Coventry’s modern day Lady Godiva, will be marking the Chinese lantern festival and secret wishes day with Chinese Godiva Sister Margaret, featured in the above film.

The pair aim to be by the Godiva tree in at Coventry’s War Memorial Park at 10.30am. Anyone who would like to post and share any festival messages is invited to join them at a safe distance while out exercising.

Pru, director of the Godiva Trust, said: “This is our way to try and celebrate this long established shared traditional feast with the rest of Chinese community and our wonderful diverse community family that makes Coventry. Normally we would have a big get-together for everyone to enjoy, but we are keeping safe and still trying to mark the festival and keep everyone’s spirits up.

“We will be celebrating International Women’s Day again with the tree in March, so will keep you posted as to what we will be doing. Sending all good wishes and hope we can meet soon.”

The ox is the second sign in the 12-year cycle of animals that makes up the Chinese zodiac.

As with so many cultural events in the last year, most lunar celebrations moved online and London’s Trafalgar Square marked the occasion with a lantern ox and Nelson’s column illuminated in red and gold.

For more information about the Godiva Trust visit here.

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