Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancer Carlos Gu will read a book in celebration of Lunar New Year on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.

The 31-year-old Chinese dancer will read from I Love Chinese New Year, written by Eva Wong Nava and illustrated by Li Xin.

It’s a story which introduces children to the celebration and traditions often practised by families at this time.

Gu said: “I’m thrilled to be in the iconic CBeebies Bedtime Story chair this Lunar New Year, sharing the magic of storytelling with families. I hope this lovely story about the wonderful traditions and values of Chinese culture brings joy and warmth to all those who tune in.”

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The book follows Mai-Anne in a story about how Chinese New Year began as she learns about 12 animals and their special powers.

Her family starts decorating the house when her grandmother Nai Nai arrives and they begin festivities with a traditional meal comprised of fish for good luck, noodles for a long life, dumplings for blessings and a whole cooked chicken.

What is the Lunar New Year?

The Lunar New Year is the most important annual holiday in China and each year is named after one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac with this year being the year of the dragon.

Chinese New Year explained

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Chinese national champion Gu joined Strictly in 2022 and was partnered with Irish TV presenter Angela Scanlon on the latest series of the BBC One dancing show.

Tom Hardy, Dolly Parton, Harry Styles, Kate Winslet and the Princess of Wales are among the celebrities who have previously read a story on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.

The children’s TV programme is on each weekday at 6.50pm on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer and Carlos’ story will air on Friday.