新年快乐: All about Chinese New Year & Chinese New Year Celebrations in the UK
Nearly 200,000 Chinese people live in the UK - and every year thousands of people, of all nationalities, help to welcome the New Year with them. Want to join the Chinese New Year celebration? Here’s all you need to know about Chinese New Year in the UK, plus a rundown on some of the UK’s biggest Chinese New Year events!
When is Chinese New Year?
The Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, celebrates the beginning of the Lunar New Year based on the traditional lunisolar Chinese Calendar. The Chinese New Year celebrations commence on the first day of the first lunar month (the second new moon after the winter solstice) and end on the 15th with a Chinese Lantern Festival.
The first day of the New Year usually falls between 21st January and 20th February. In 2019, the Chinese New Year takes place between 5th and 19th February.
Chinese New Year Animal of 2019
2019 is the year of the pig, the twelfth of the 12 Chinese New Year animals. According to the Chinese zodiac, all animals have their personality and symbolism. The chubby, good-natured pig is believed to bring you fortune and wealth.
Check if you know someone who’s born in the Year of the Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Best Chinese New Year Celebrations in the UK in 2019
Chinese New Year London
10th February 2019
Ready for the biggest Chinese New Year celebration outside Asia? Experience a taste of the Far East in London's West End with a huge Chinese New Year parade, free stage performances and delicious Chinese food. Best of all, it’s free to attend!
- Watch the colourful Chinese New Year parade, starting from Charing Cross Road, featuring giant floats and traditional dragon & lion dancers
- Enjoy show-stopping performances at Trafalgar Square, including a dazzling pyrotechnics show for the grand finale
- Check out the family zone at Leicester Square for traditional Chinese activities and entertainment
- Connect with your inner kung fu master at the martial arts zone at Shaftesbury Avenue
- Snap a selfie with the Pig before you grab a meal at Chinatown
Love Peppa Pig? Kick off the Chinese New Year celebrations early at Duke of York Square (9th February). There you can grab a fortune cookie at the Chinese New Year Market, get involved with arts & crafts and last but not least - meet Peppa Pig!
Chinese New Year Manchester
7th – 10th February 2019
Manchester is preparing a weekend-long Chinese New Year extravaganza, featuring giant art installations, traditional arts and crafts for the whole family, and of course - a wonderful parade.
- Try your hand at Chinese Arts & Crafts at Albert Square
- See a 175-foot dragon lead the Dragon Parade from Albert Square to Chinatown
- Head to Exchange Square for a photo with a giant, golden dragon
- Taste the best of Chinese street food at St Ann’s Square
- It’s the Year of the Pig! Snap a self with the giant Piglet art installation at St Ann’s Square
Chinese New Year Liverpool
8th – 10th February 2019
3 days of Chinese New Year festivities are brewing in Liverpool! With 10 years of experience in throwing Chinese New Year celebrations, we can safely say the city knows how to do the traditions justice. Here’s a snippet of what you can expect:
- Join a family workshop for some hands-on fun
- Browse for Chinese New Year gifts at the Chinese market on George Street
- Choose a live show to see with the kids at the The Great George Street Stage
- Watch the spectacular Chinese New Year Projections and find out what Jingwei and Piggy get up to on their travels to the West
- Don’t miss out on the pyrotechnic display on Sunday evening!
Chinese New Year Birmingham
8th – 10th February 2019
Want to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Birmingham? You’ll be glad to find out, Brum is also throwing a FREE 3-day party for the occasion. Here are some of the highlights:
- Enjoy Chinese tea and a lunchtime concert at Birmingham Cathedral
- See the Chinese New Year Parade of lion and dragon dancers at the Bullring
- Watch awesome live performances, ranging from Shaolin Warriors demonstration to Hip-Hop dance
- Belt out some tunes with karaoke on TWO stages
- Enjoy some time indoors with a family craft workshop at Birmingham Hippodrome
Chinese New Year Greetings
Going to a Chinese New Year celebration? You might want to learn how to say “Happy New Year” in Cantonese and Mandarin. “Happy New Year” in Cantonese is “San Nin Faai Lok” (pronounced san knee fy lock) and in Mandarin is “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (pronounced sing nee-ann koo-why ler).
We wish you a Happy Year of the Pig and we hope you enjoy a great Chinese New Year celebration in 2019!