Signalling the start of the New Year and the beginning of spring, Chinese New Year begins on the 1st of February. Festivities take place around the globe from the 31st of January and culminate with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the New Year.
To celebrate, Manchester is hosting a variety of fantastic events throughout the city. We’ve compiled some of our top recommendations to help you make the most of the festive celebrations.
Chinese New Year Street Celebrations, Chinatown
Sunday 6th February
Including live performances, food stalls, workshops, acrobatics, a funfair, and the new addition of an illuminated dragon, Chinatown’s New Year street celebrations are sure to provide outstanding entertainment, and you’re sure to have a wonderful time.
The New Year Tiger Sculpture, St Ann’s Square
Tuesday 1st – Sunday 6th February
Marvel at the grand unveiling of the traditional tiger statue in St Ann’s Square, made from wood and recycled plastic, celebrating the Year of the Tiger.
‘The Door Opened: 1980’s China’, Central Library
Wednesday 26th January – Tuesday 26th April
Immerse yourself in Chinese culture at The Door Opened exhibit, featuring a blend of candid and posed photographs which explore China in the 1980’s. Free to all.
GRUB Celebrations, GRUB
Thursday 3rd February
Head down to GRUB Manchester from 4pm on Thursday 3rd February to celebrate the Chinese New Year with specialty drinks and delicious street food, and a local makers market, showcasing prints, jewellery, clothes, homeware and more. GRUB will be joined by Little Yellow Rice and Chapeltown Picture House to keep the festivities going through the night with a gin masterclass, cinema screenings, and more.
Free Mandarin Classes
Friday 19th and Monday 22nd February
Join this fun, informal, and interactive Mandarin lesson hosted by the University of Manchester to get a taster of a full language course. Learn essential words, phrases, how to count and more.
Every Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. This year is the turn of the tiger. People born in the Year of the Tiger are thought of as brave, competitive and confident. They are natural leaders and have a strong sense of justice, but, on the other hand, they can sometimes be unpredictable and short-tempered and can often be seen as a little arrogant.