Major cities across Britain celebrates Chines New Year….reports Asian Lite News
China Town in London and Manchester besides Chines hamlets across Britain celebrate Chines New Year yesterday.
The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year.
The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year.
Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.
This year it’s the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.
“Last year it was an honour to welcome President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng to the UK heralding a golden era in our countries’ relationship. During the State Visit – the first in a decade – we made a huge range of agreements that would bring us even closer together, from more investment and research to better visa arrangements. And this year will be about delivering on those things.