THERE is a lot more prominence given now to the celebration of the Chinese new year in Fiji, says Dixon Seeto, an organising committee member of the official celebrations to be held on Sunday.
Mr Seeto said it was good to see the event being widely recognised in the country.
"It's good to see that Chinese new year is recognised more by the various communities and business houses and a lot more prominence given to the event," Mr Seeto said.
Business houses around the country's major urban centres have put up Chinese lanterns and signs on display in their windows to mark the auspicious occasion.
Prouds Suva Central marked the event with special promotions and prizes last night for invited guests.
Today, on the eve of the Year of the horse, members of the Chinese youth community will be visiting several business houses to perform the dragon dance.
"Before, it used to be just the Chinese-owned shops that had the dragon dance performed but now we have many more business houses that want to be a part of the celebrations."
Mr Seeto said a lot of Chinese families would get together this evening for a meal and perform various ceremonies to pay respect to their ancestors.
The official celebration will be held on Sunday at Yat Sen School hall from 10:45am. The day will be marked with games, prizes and special performances from the Chinese community.