After the western New Year comes and goes, another holiday immediately enters for many Asians: Lunar New Year.
Celebrated throughout Asia, the holiday is also known as Chinese New Year or the spring festival. There’s much symbolism attached to each new year on the lunar calendar, Many traditions are followed in hopes of an auspicious start.
Known for its spectacle of colour, rich history, dragons, lanterns, stunning calligraphy and much more. The Chinese New Year celebrations are back this February. Taking place between 16 and 18 February. Manchester will also join in the celebrations of this year’s animal – The Dog.
People born in years of the dog are known for their loyalty, patience, reliability and honesty. Each year is represented by one of 12 zodiac animals that reflect traditional Chinese culture. Including how people see themselves and their relationship with the world.
This year’s celebrations are packed full of fun featuring thousands of red lanterns. Food, fireworks, a funfair and the legendary Dragon Parade. Additionally, traditional lion dancing, martial arts and crafts, red envelope giveaways and VIP shopping events.
The easiest way to get around Manchester during the celebrations is by tram. The nearest Metrolink stops to where all the action will be are, Exchange Square, Market Street and St Peter’s Square.
From Chinese street food in St Anns Square, to Lion Dancing on Market Street. Plus the Dragon Parade and family workshops in the Arndale. There is so much to see, take part in and enjoy.
The Lunar New Year will start on 16 February and last until early March. In China, people get a week off, although celebrations can last much longer than that.
In China, the dog became one of the zodiac animals because of its close relationship with people. China is one of the earliest countries to have domesticated dogs from grey wolves, according to fossils unearthed by researchers.
Manchester’s celebrations culminate on 18 February with a huge firework display on Charlotte Street at 6pm.
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