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Friends Of Buckshaw Village Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is celebrated by more than 20% of the world, but what’s it all about? The Festival follows the lunar calendar, which means Chinese New Year can fall on any date from January 21st to February 20th. It was originally a ceremonial day where people prayed to gods for a good planting and the harvest season. The Spring Festival lasts for 15 days, but as celebrations start on New Year’s Eve it totals 16 days. This year, Chinese New Year officially begins on February 16 and ends on March 2. There are myths aplenty, including one about a monster who’d come every New Year’s Eve and people would hide in their homes. One brave boy fought the monster using firecrackers, and the next day people celebrated by setting off firecrackers, as they believed they scared off monsters and bad luck. This became part of the Festival and people stay up on Chinese New Year’s Eve to set them off at midnight, and again the next morning to welcome the New Year and good luck. Gifts are exchanged during the Spring Festival, and children receive red envelopes of money which it is said helps transfer fortune from the elders. Red is a key colour. Families decorate their homes in red, and as new clothes are thought to bring good luck, people add red clothing to their Spring Festival wardrobe. Manchester has one of the oldest and largest Chinese communities in the UK, and there are lots of events taking place from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 February: St. Ann’s Square Chinese food festival There’s a Chinese food market in St Ann's Square on the Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Enjoy traditional Chinese food and festivities. Family workshops at Manchester Arndale The whole family can join in with free Chinese craft workshops on Saturday from 11am to 5pm. Teachers from China will introduce you to activities like Chinese knot making, and help you create a knotted bracelet with animal charm to welcome the Year of the Dog. Manchester Art Gallery On Sunday from 10am to 5pm there will be Chinese music and children can create free Chinese New Year themed artwork, enjoy storytelling and face painting. Finale and Dragon Parade From noon on Sunday there’s traditional lion dancing, martial arts displays, Chinese acrobatics, food stalls, a funfair and the famous dragon parade, plus a huge fireworks display at 6pm. To advertise contact 07531 354695
Friends Of Buckshaw Village If you’d like to say “Happy New Year”, the Chinese greeting is “xin nian kuai le”. In Hong Kong and other Cantonese-speaking regions it's more common to say “gong hei fat choy”. Both Western and Chinese horoscopes have 12 zodiacs, but where the Western zodiac has one for each month, the Chinese zodiac has one for each year, and they’re all animals. The Chinese believe that your animal can determine your career, health and relationship success. Here’s a rundown of all the Zodiac animals Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958 - loyal, faithful, honest, they will never abandon their friends, family or work. Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959 - enjoy helping others, good companions until crossed! Intelligent, always seeking more knowledge. Rat: 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948 - quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp & funny. A good friend, generous & loyal. Motivated by money, can be greedy, curious. Ox: 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949 - solid and hard-working. Takes comfort in family & friends. A reliable & protective companion. Tiger: 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950 - authoritative, self-possessed, strong leadership qualities, charming, ambitious, courageous, warm-hearted. Rabbit: 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951 - enjoys being around family & friends. Popular, compassionate, sincere, avoids conflict. Dragon: 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952 - energetic, warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky in love. Natural born leader. Snake: 2025, 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953 - generous, charming, good with money, analytical, intelligent, relies on gut feelings, hard-working. Horse: 2026, 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954 - energetic, self-reliant, enjoys travelling, love & intimacy. Sharp-witted and impatient. Sheep: 2027, 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955 - enjoys being alone with their thoughts. Creative thinkers. Need lots of love, support & reassurance. Monkey: 2028, 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956 - thrive on having fun. Energetic, good at listening,. Rooster: 2029, 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957 - practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, trusting, honest, perfectionists and neat. Gong hei fat choy, from all at Friends of Buckshaw Village and Green Man Marketing Follow us on facebook.com/buckshawfriends