On the 3rd of February it is the start of the Chinese New Year and millions of people across the globe will begin celebrating in the Year of the Rabbit. Steeped in years of tradition the Chinese New Year is the biggest festival of the year in Chinese communities, incorporating the time honoured rituals of centuries gone by with parades, dances, feasts and festivities. Although Chinese New Year actually takes place on Thursday 3rd February, many towns and cities throughout the UK are celebrating over the weekend of the 5th & 6th February.
If you are thinking of joining in the celebrations here is our guide to the top UK destinations to see in the Chinese New Year:
Home to the largest celebrations outside of China, London know how to celebrate in style. Taking place on the 6th February the festivities are spread out across Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, and Chinatown. Enjoy an array of dances and acrobatics plus traditional Chinese dragons and lions and the chance to try some delicious Chinese food.
Welcome in the New Year at the free outdoor event taking place across Manchester’s China Town and Albert Square. Featuring amazing lion dances, Kung Fu demonstrations by the Shaolin Martial Arts Monks, award-winning acrobatics, and folk dance demonstrations. Plus with street markets, stalls and a fire work display all happening on the 6th February it is a vibrant hive of activities.
Ongoing celebrations throughout January and February make Nottingham one of the best cities to celebrate the year of the rabbit. The Lakeside Arts centre is home to a range of activities, workshops and even dragon boat racing, plus there will be a spectacular firework display at the centre on Sunday 6th February.
Across Liverpool there are free events and activities taking place on the 6th February. From the Lion, Dragon and Unicorn Parade in the Chinatown area to traditional performances at the Pagoda there is something for everyone.
What will you be doing for the Chinese New Year? Will you be visiting a parade, tasting the cuisine or perhaps saying goodbye to the year of the Tiger with some traditional Chinese lanterns.