Delhi, Feb. 11 -- As the Chinese people around the world bid a subdued goodbye to the Year of the Rat (2020) and welcome the Year of the Ox (Year of the Metal Ox), the pandemic has indeed taken the sheen off this year's celebration in Kolkata. There will be fewer public celebrations, according to several members of the city's ethnic Chinese community. This year, the Chinese (Lunar) New Year is on February 12.

An integral part of Kolkata's multicultural character, the ethnic Chinese in Kolkata have been known for their contribution to the economic growth of the city. The first Chinese to arrive in Kolkata was Atchew or Tong Achew, according to most records, in the late 18thcentury. Although the sugar factory he set up on a parcel of land ...