- Chinese New Year 2023
- When is the Chinese New Year in 2023?
- What is the 2023 Chinese Zodiac Animal?
- How is Chinese New Year celebrated?
- Celebrate At Home
- Cook Authentic Chinese Food
- Get Creative
- Colourful Activities
- Decorate Your Home
- Send Red Envelopes
- Make Chinese Lantern Jars
- Learn How To Say 'Happy New Year' in either Mandarin or Cantonese
- Family-friendly Events
- Liverpool Chinese New Year, Chinese Ceremonial Archway
- Chinese New Year, London
- Lunar New Year 2023, Birmingham
Now another year is here, do you know what that means? Chinese New Year! An auspicious time for the Chinese community and for those who celebrate the Lunar Near Year or Spring Festival! Did you know it’s the Year of the Rabbit in 2023? This Chinese zodiac represents hope and long life, a great symbol to start the new year. If you’d like to join in with the celebrations, here are some Chinese New Year Activities 2023 that you can get involved in!
Whether it’s at home or at city events!
Chinese New Year 2023
When is the Chinese New Year in 2023?
Preparations for the 15-day festival will start on January 14th and the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) will officially begin on the 22nd January until the 1st February. But then, preparations for the Lantern Festival will commence on the 2nd February for the big day on the 5th!
Millions of people celebrate this occasion, meaning lots of family fun and quality time!
What is the 2023 Chinese Zodiac Animal?
How is Chinese New Year celebrated?
In the UK, the Chinese New Year is celebrated with colourful parades, food events and creative workshops. And it’s not just the Chinese communities that get involved, but all communities too!
Here’s what we’ve got for you…
Celebrate At Home
Cook Authentic Chinese Food
Did you know there are two types of dumplings that are important during the celebration event? They are the Jau gok (half-moon dumplings) and Tang yuan (ball-shaped).
Why are these important, you may ask? Well, that’s because the half-moon is similar to the ancient Chinese gold ingots that were used as currency over 1,000 years ago. And the ball-shaped represents the full moon which rides on the last day of these brightest celebrations!
You can either make them at home or buy them from the supermarket and add it to your Chinese dinner! Other traditional foods are Peking duck, fried rice, chow mein and of course crispy spring rolls! Oh so yummy!
Here’s a really helpful site for how to make dumplings with kids!
If you’re interested in making Chinese paper lanterns, we have a simple and easy step-by-step guide for you:
- Coloured paper: red, yellow or orange
- Pencil, rubber and ruler
- Scissors and sellotape
- String, ribbons or twine (to hand the lantern)
- Grab your coloured paper and measure 2cm from one edge (widthways). Once you’ve measured that, cut the width of the 2cm off. Then fold your paper lengthwise (this will make the handle to your lantern).
- Using a ruler and pencil, draw a 2cm line from the top to the bottom of the paper. Then trace lines perpendicular to the folded side and up to the line you drew previously. The lines should be spaced 1cm apart from each other.
- Then (with an adult’s supervision) cut through these lines (up until the horizontal line on the folded edge. These will form the bars in the middle of your lantern.
- Unfold the paper and loop both edges together, then seal both ends with tape.
- Using the small strip of paper you cut earlier, tape it to the lantern to make your handle.
- Once that’s done, you can decorate and create whole displays of lanterns! Now your beautiful lantern can adorn your household.
Here’s a temple and instructions from Chalk Academy you can use.
From colouring in a Dragon parade, and Rabbits to Chinese lanterns and Chinese lions! Grab the crayons, gel pens, felt tips or even paint.
We’ve found some really cool colouring pages here.
Decorate Your Home
Why red? Because the red colour is a lucky colour in Chinese culture!
Send Red Envelopes
You can purchase these red envelopes from any Asian supermarket near you or send them digitally! Either create them yourself or you can find a variety of red envelopes online, like on Etsy!
Make Chinese Lantern Jars
- Small jars or baby jars
- Lots of red tissue paper
- Glitter glue pens
- Small LED fairy lights
- Make sure the jars are clean and empty!
- Cut the red tissue paper into small squares
- Using the glitter glue pens, they can draw what they like on the jars, or turn up the notch and have them try drawing the Chinese characters of the Rabbit to represent the year. It might be tricky, but we’re sure with the guidance of the parents, they can do it. If not, maybe draw bunny ears!
- Once that’s dry, fill the jars using the red tissue paper.
- Then add the small LED fairy lights into the jar – and there you have your beautiful lantern display. All ready for the colourful celebrations.
Learn How To Say 'Happy New Year' in either Mandarin or Cantonese
Mandarin: ‘Gong xi fa cai’
Cantonese: Gung hay fat choy’
Learn more about the Lunar New Year traditions from National Geographic!
This year the Chinese New Year falls on Sunday 22nd January 2023 and lasts for 15 days. How can you celebrate this lucky celebration? We’ve found some of the coolest events for you and the family to attend.
Liverpool Chinese New Year, Chinese Ceremonial Archway
This year, they’re welcoming everybody back again to get involved in all things light, bright and exciting. With streets adorned with Chinese lanterns, the air filled with the sounds of the dragon and unicorn parades – sharing their good luck and fortune – and traditional dances showcasing before you.
Don’t forget the noisy fireworks to ward off any bad luck! Not only that, but you’ll find delicious food at the street markets, Chinese art workshops and family-friendly activities and storytelling! The kids will have a fantastic time, and so will you.
Before ending with a stunning fire show!
22nd January 2023
11:00 - 17:00
Free to enter
Chinese New Year, London
It’s truly the place to be! From the West End and Shaftesbury Avenue to Trafalgar Square. It’ll be a foodie galore and full of vibrancy from colourful floats, and traditional dragon and flying lion dances to martial art displays and live music of popular Chinese music! Not forgetting the noisy activity with firecrackers.
It’s a day and night to truly immerse yourself in the celebrations and welcome the Year of the Rabbit.
22nd January 2023
Free to enter
Lunar New Year 2023, Birmingham
You’ll be treated to a weekend programme packed with family-friendly shows and festivities. In the Bullring and Grand Central Station on the 21st January, you’ll find lion and dragon dances, traditional Chinese dances and musical performances, Tai Chi and Kungfu demonstrations, and family workshops! If you’re feeling peckish, you’ll find China Town not too far away…so fill your tummies with dumplings and all things yummy.
On the 22nd January you’ll find the same fun-filled activities as Saturday, and community and school performances. As well as firecrackers and fantastic fireworks, fab craft stores and of course…food.
We can’t wait!
21st and 22nd January 2023
Free to enter
If you’re excited to join in with the celebrations, then we hope you’ve found these fab Chinese New Year activities inspirational! Whether you have a go at making dumplings, enjoy making some craft decorations or go visit the family at a fabulous event!
Let’s celebrate the Year of the Rabbit!