The Year of the Dog is nearly here! Chinese New Year celebrations have to be one of the most colourful and vibrant festivals from around the world. Take a look at how you can join in the celebrations here in the UK!
Each year the capital’s Chinese New Year events attract around 700,000 people and is the biggest celebration outside of Asia. The event is free and will open with a traditional dragon and lion dance, followed by street performers, music and food throughout Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and the West End.
During the Chinese New Year weekend, Manchester will put on its biggest celebration to-date. There are events around the city from 16th February, and it’ll all be wrapped up with a dragon procession starting at midday in Albert Square. There will also be a huge firework show, which kicks off at 6pm.
The city’s recent success with a crowdfunding campaign for this year’s events means they’re set to be bigger and better than ever! There will be a parade on 16th February, which will start in the centre of the city, but events are currently running throughout the city in preparation for the main event.
Celebrate at Usher Hall for a special Chinese New Year concert with a line-up of fantastic performers. The concert will take place on 22nd February.
This three-day festival will take place from 16th February until 18th February and promises streets full with Chinese lanterns, street performers, workshops and market stalls. Liverpool also plays host to the largest Chinese arch outside of China itself!
Have your own celebration
To celebrate the Year of the Dog why not get all your friends together and organise your own get-together? The best bit is, you don’t have to be a Chinese culinary expert or have a big budget because Iceland have lots of Chinese meals for just £1, and of course, if you spend over £40 you can get £4 off with your UNiDAYS account.
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