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Happy New Year

01 February 2016
Happy New Year

No - we’re not a month late in wishing you glad tidings for entering 2016 - we are, in fact, welcoming in the year 2130 (which over a third of the world’s population will be celebrating this weekend!)  Worked it out yet?  We are, of course, talking all about the forthcoming Chinese New Year.

Although Chinese New Year is not technically till next Monday 8th February, there are all sorts of festivities taking place around our city this weekend.  Every Chinese restaurant in the city will undoubtedly be holding their own celebrations, but it’s in the city centre where most of the magic will be happening.

The annual Chinese parade – headed, no less, by a 175-foot-long Chinese Dragon heads off from Albert Square at 12:30 on Sunday to kick start the party. When they reach their destination in Chinatown, there will be speeches and fire-crackers galore, an appearance by the Lion and the Unicorn, and two stages which will be occupied by Chinese traditional drummers, dancers and even Chinese rock and pop singers!

At 6pm, there’s big, bold and beautiful fireworks, and more firecrackers, to bring in the new year in style.  There’s also a funfair in town in Charlotte street.

With so many people with Chinese heritage or relations in Manchester, the celebrations are usually a wonderful spectacle and well worth attending :)

More information at: @CNY_MCR

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