In a few days, on the 8th of February, we will celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey. The city of Manchester is preparing to host its largest party by far to mark this feast. Between 4 – 7 February the city will host series of events.
The main events will take place at Chinatown and Albert Square on the 7th while several eating events are waiting for you at St Ann’s Square. What you can expect:
- New Year Light Show
- Asian Street Food Village on New Cathedral Street
- Dragon Parade
- Live Street Art Exhibitions
- Martial Arts Display
- Live Music Stage and many more
For a full, detailed schedule check out the Chinese New Year in Manchester official website.
How to Prepare For Chinese New Year
- Clean your house a few days before New Year. This way you will “sweep away bad luck” that has amassed in your home for the past year and start anew with good luck.
- Decorate in red – in Chinese culture red is the colour of good luck and is used in New Year decorations. Put paper cutouts on your windows, display paintings, artwork and couplets. Decorate with paper lanterns.
- To make the picture even more appealing place treats, flowers, candles and fruits around your home.
- Dress properly – wear traditional Chinese clothing. If you don’t have any then you can go to Chinatown and buy.
- Money gifts in red envelopes – adults give lucky envelopes of money to children during this holiday.
- Fireworks – stock up on the loudest fireworks you can find to banish evil spirits.
- Cook traditional Chinese food – dumplings, fish, spring rolls, and niangao.
For a full guide check out How to Celebrate Chinese New Year.