Chinese New Year
Manchester is preparing to celebrate the Year of the Horse with three days of events celebrating Chinese culture.Manchester’s Chinatown – one of the biggest in Europe – will be transformed into an oriental feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds, as the New Year’s celebrations bring Manchester’s Chinese community to the fore.
However, this year’s activities aren’t just limited to Chinatown.
From Thursday 30 January until Saturday 1 February, St Ann’s Square will be filled with the sights and smells of the Far East, as it plays host to a Chinese food market that will feature delicious offerings from some of Chinatown’s top restaurants.
Celebrations will come to a climax on Sunday 2 February as Albert Square becomes an oriental street market, adorned with traditional lanterns, street food and expert performances – including masterful lion and dragon dances and martial arts demonstrations.
The weekend ends with the remarkable Dragon Parade, the finale and centrepiece of traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. The Dragon Parade will follow a gigantic 175-foot paper dragon through the streets of the city, from Albert Square to Chinatown and culminates in an incredible firework display.