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Chinese New Year celebrations in Manchester

Major cities across Britain celebrates Chines New Year….reports Asian Lite News

Chinese New Year celebrations in Manchester
Chinese New Year celebrations in Manchester

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.

Chinese New Year celebrations in Manchester
Chinese New Year celebrations in Manchester

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.

Prime Minister David Cameron sent a message to celebrate Chinese New Year. “I want to send my best wishes to everyone around the world celebrating Chinese New Year. Here in Britain, we’re not just marking the beginning of the Year of the Fire Monkey, but the growing relationship between Britain and China,” he said in the message.
 
You can see the bond between our countries shining brightly: in our universities, where thousands of Chinese people are studying; in our businesses, where bilateral trade has more than doubled in five years; and in our cities, with more Chinese tourists choosing to visit Britain than ever before.
Chinese New Year celebrations in Manchester
Chinese New Year celebrations in Manchester

“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.

“Here in Britain, we see the impact people of Chinese origin have, day in, day out. From our high streets to our hospitals, our schools to our Parliament, the British Chinese community more than makes its mark – and never more so than at this time of year.
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