Bright and colourful was the order of the day as the Mayor of Hounslow helped make sure the Chinese New Year was celebrated in style in the borough.
Mayor of Hounslow Councillor Nisar Malik joined groups from the local Chinese community as well as organisations such as Age UK Hounslow, to enjoy an afternoon of music, traditional dance and Chinese food.
There was also a Tai Chi demonstration and hand-made Chinese zodiac signs and paper dragons, before the Mayor made a speech and handed out traditional gifts of money in red pockets.
The event, held at the United Reformed Church, Hounslow, on Saturday, saw a number of communities herald in the Chinese New Year, with 2016 being the year of the red fire monkey.
It is said that those born in the year of the red fire monkey, have the lucky numbers of four and nine and lucky colours of white, blue and gold.
The Mayor, Cllr Malik said: “It was a very happy event with music, food and lots of people getting together.
“It was good to be part of a special celebration and it is interesting to see where all the traditions come from for Chinese New Year.
“I would like to thank all those who organised the event, it is great when we can get together as a borough to celebrate the important dates in the calendar of all our communities.”