Chinese New Year 2017 - The Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year

Celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Rooster on 28 January 2017

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Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster) is celebrated on 28 January. Following tradition, there will be family get-togethers and street parties to welcome in the New Year. Asian culture is enjoyed all over the world at this time of the year!

Chinese New Year in London

London hosts one of the biggest celebrations of the Chinese New Year outside of Asia. The West End is home to amazing parades, food stalls, and hundreds of special extraordinary activities.

Enjoy the Year of the Rooster in London

Chinese New Year in Liverpool

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Liverpool amongst Liverpool’s diverse Asian community. Discover cultural food, traditional rituals and a celebration of culture which have now become as much of a tradition here as they are in the land of the Sleeping Giant.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Liverpool

Chinese New Year in Manchester

Manchester is one of the many cities that embraces and celebrates the Chinese New Year. Manchester hosts one of the biggest celebrations in the country, and boasts parades and traditional street food, along with street art and exhibitions. Get a little closer to China by joining in with Manchester's community to watch acts put on across the city.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Manchester

TRADITIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR IN CHINA

Chinese citizens, and people from nearby countries, are strongly influenced by the celebrations that take place over these two weeks. Although festivities are intense, there is plenty of time to be with family and socialise with friends. Traditions and superstitions are everywhere during this important time.

For example, fish is hung in houses to attract wealth, and the colour red is used to chase away a legendary beast known as the Nian. Guards are hung in doorways to protect those who live inside from the presence of bad spirits. The walls and façades are painted in red, a symbol of good luck, and the kitchens of the whole country smell of delicious gyozas. The houses are swept clean and all the debts are cleared to start the new year on a good foot.

WHAT HAPPENS EACH DAY?

On the first day of the year, tradition says to avoid eating meat in order to have a long and fulfilled life. It’s a way to welcome the gods of the sky and the earth. It’s also the day of the big dance of the Dragon, the most important moment of the Spring Festival (as the New Year is also known).

The Chinese Dragon is a symbol of wisdom, culture, and richness, and one of the more important symbols for Chinese culture and tradition. During the performance, artists and interpreters hold the dragon aloft with sticks and make the dragon ‘dance’ by lifting it up and down. It then passes through the crowds to the sounds of gongs and drums.

The Lion is also part of the parade. This animal has flashy colours and, contrary to the Dragon, is handled by only one artist. It visits houses where residents have left a red envelope with money and a lettuce, which are symbols of life and richness. Similar parades take place through streets in different cities across the world, and can include performances of martial arts and dances.

In the following days, children and ancestors take a leading role. One specific day is allocated to praying for the ancestors and children pay tribute to their parents.

The fifth day is a day to stay home, as bad luck is said to inflict those who decide to visit family or friends. Keep this in mind if you happen to be in China during New Year!

As the New Year celebrations near the end, people enjoy delicious dinners to thank the family. Farmers also show off their rich harvests and make offerings to the Emperor of Jade.

The New Year celebration is not finished until the Lantern Festival takes place, where children parade their lanterns at night when it is dark.

WHAT HAPPENS EACH DAY?

On the first day of the year, tradition says to avoid eating meat in order to have a long and fulfilled life. It’s a way to welcome the gods of the sky and the earth. It’s also the day of the big dance of the Dragon, the most important moment of the Spring Festival (as the New Year is also known).

The Chinese Dragon is a symbol of wisdom, culture, and richness, and one of the more important symbols for Chinese culture and tradition. During the performance, artists and interpreters hold the dragon aloft with sticks and make the dragon ‘dance’ by lifting it up and down. It then passes through the crowds to the sounds of gongs and drums.

The Lion is also part of the parade. This animal has flashy colours and, contrary to the Dragon, is handled by only one artist. It visits houses where residents have left a red envelope with money and a lettuce, which are symbols of life and richness. Similar parades take place through streets in different cities across the world, and can include performances of martial arts and dances.

In the following days, children and ancestors take a leading role. One specific day is allocated to praying for the ancestors and children pay tribute to their parents.

The fifth day is a day to stay home, as bad luck is said to inflict those who decide to visit family or friends. Keep this in mind if you happen to be in China during New Year!

As the New Year celebrations near the end, people enjoy delicious dinners to thank the family. Farmers also show off their rich harvests and make offerings to the Emperor of Jade.

The New Year celebration is not finished until the Lantern Festival takes place, where children parade their lanterns at night when it is dark.

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