Chinese New Year this year falls on Tuesday, the 5th of February 2019. And according to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, the Chinese year beginning in 2019 is the year of the Pig.
Chinese New Year is the most important annually recurring festival for people of Chinese ancestry all over the world. It has been celebrated for over 1,000 years – possibly much longer, and the traditions involved are deeply ingrained in Chinese culture. For many, it is also a religious holiday, full of prayers, offerings, and other acts of devotion.
Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival” in modern Mainland China, is China’s most important traditional festival, celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunar-solar Chinese calendar, which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems.
In Manchester the New Year will be celebrated with colourful public events in and around Manchester city centre, where we are proud to boast a large Chinese community.
There will be a full programme of traditional activities ranging from big street parties, dragon dancing, fireworks and other performances.