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Chinese New Year Celebrations In Manchester

The Year Of The Snake takes over the city...

Published on February 6th 2013.

Chinese New Year Celebrations In Manchester

WHAT springs to mind when you think of the connotations of a snake?

Sly? Deceitful? Temptation? Evil?

The symbolic meaning of snakes varies in different cultures. So while Christian beliefs place the slithering one as the servant of Satan, Chinese astrology has a much more optimistic view of the creature that symbolises Chinese New Year 2013.

Albert Square and Chinatown will be filled with street markets, food stalls and arts and crafts workshops from 11am.

According to Chinese culture website HanBan.com, ‘The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs. This 2013 year of the snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the animal signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.’

Year of the SnakeYear of the SnakeFor those born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013, you can read more about your snake traits here.

As well as snakes, traditional lanterns, parading dragons and dancing lions will transform many parts of the country this weekend, including Manchester.

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of the city centre with special events on Sunday, 10 February and Friday, 15 February.

The Federation of Chinese Associations of Manchester (FCAM), in association with Manchester City Council and other sponsors, have organised the new year events, including the annual street parade and festival.

Mr Stewart Yip, President of the Federation, said: "This year being the Year of the Snake, which is thought to be the origin of our deities, a lot of planning and preparations and efforts have been made to make this year's celebration a day full of fun and excitement at Chinatown and Albert Square.

Albert Square and Chinatown will be filled with street markets, food stalls and arts and crafts workshops from 11am – as well as a fairground and traditional Chinese arts such as calligraphy, origami, tangrams and other games to immerse the whole family in Chinese culture.

The Master Chu Dragon Parade and Lion Dances – including a 175ft Chinese Dragon – will once again make their colourful journey from Manchester Town Hall to China Town at 1pm – before entertaining the crowds with performances throughout the afternoon at each location and culminating with a tremendous 15 minute firework display at 6pm in Chinatown. The street celebrations are all free to the public.

Chinese New Year Manchester

Celebrations will continue the following, Friday 15 February, with an impressive live show at Manchester Central that will include Chinese performing arts troupe – the National Art and Dance Troupe – wowing the crowds with an array of traditional Chinese arts, acrobatics, folk songs, dancing and magic.

Tickets are available for the show through the Chi Yip Group on 0161 655 3600 and Chinese restaurants and supermarkets in China Town – priced between £10 and £15.

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s City Centre Spokesperson, said: "The Chinese community have helped shape the very fabric of Manchester and are incredibly important to the heritage of the city, playing a large part in Manchester’s history – so it is always great to see the culture being celebrated as a public festival for everyone to enjoy.”

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Andy VoFebruary 6th 2013.

All well and good but I don't see how greasy burger vans and tacky fairground rides fit into the celebrations for chinese new year.

MeFebruary 8th 2013.

AVO where have you been?

Manc GuyFebruary 8th 2013.

I'm glad Manchester Council are putting on a massive St George's day parade and festival based on Albert Square. I believe it will include stalls selling traditional English Fayre and all things English.

Eh?...hang on!

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AnonymousFebruary 9th 2013.

I am English but I couldn't give two hoots about St George's day. It just doesn't resonate with me.

Dragons, knights, village fetes, vicars on bicycles, cricket on the village green and all that twee paraphernalia are largely irrelevant to a modern, outward looking city that grew up in the industrial revolution.

All that kind of stuff is for home counties types and little Englanders with a limited view of what it is to be English.

In Manchester, we're a bit more broad minded. And so I am happy to celebrate Chinese New Year, seeing it as a small part of my own local culture and what it means to be Mancunian and English.

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2013.

Wasn't St George turkish or something anyway?

Manc GuyFebruary 13th 2013.

Several countries claim St. George as their own. That doesn't matter, and neither do the cliche county descriptions you mention above. To me, the message of St. George is quite clear. Good triumphed over evil and that is worth celebrating.

Ingrid McClellandFebruary 9th 2013.

Anonymous comments, such as the above,should not be published as one has to ask why a person is so frightened of having their identity revealed but would like to make a comment which is both negative and totally ignorant of the multi cultural society of which I am very proud.

NevFebruary 10th 2013.

Leave the Catalonians to do St George's day.
They do it best.

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