Manchester's Chinese New Year Celebrations Set to Be Biggest Yet
Firework display to end what is hoped will be the biggest Chinese event in the North of England.
[ClickPress, Fri Jan 25 2013] On Sunday 10th February 2013, tens of thousands of spectators are expected to grace the streets of Manchester to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This year marks the Year of the Snake in the Chinese calendar, with celebrations set to be one of the most important cultural events in the cityís timetable.
Manchester, the city with the second largest Chinatown in the UK after London, will once again be celebrating traditional Chinese culture through a mixture of street performances, stalls, workshops and parades.
From 11am onwards, visitors will be able to browse traditional Chinese stalls, as well as take part in workshops to learn origami, calligraphy and tangram. There will also be traditional Chinese art on display, along with a fairground.
One of the highlights of the day will be the parade, with Dragon and Lion dancing by Master Chu. The visually stunning and colourful parade, beginning at 12.30pm, will start at Manchester Town Hall on Albert Square and proceed to Chinatown. In both locations, food stalls and street markets will provide ample places for hungry and intrigued visitors to sample traditional Chinese food and to buy souvenirs.
The day will end with a 12-minute firework display, starting at 6pm in Chinatown.
The celebrations continue to grow in popularity, with spectator numbers rising by 10,000 in the last two years. Last yearís event, celebrating the Year of the Dragon, was attended by over 65,000 people, making it the North of Englandís biggest Chinese festival.
Chinese New Year is celebrated all around the world, and visitors from all backgrounds are welcome to attend and learn more about Chinese culture. As a cultural, multi-ethnic city, Manchester prides itself on taking part.
The entire event is free, and Manchesterís public transport network makes it easy to get to and from the celebrations. Visitors wishing to stay longer can book accommodation with HotelClub who offer a range of Manchester hotels to suit all budgets.