Anyone planning a visit to Manchester during Chinese New Year is sure to have a rollicking time as the city hosts the North’s biggest celebrations.

Take a trip to Chinatown to feel the beauty and warmth that the grand festivities marking Lunar New Year. The city comes alive and glows in red colors as the Europe’s biggest Chinatown in Manchester welcomes revelers, far off participants and tourists and locals residing in other parts of the city.

It is a spectacle to be a part of the events and traditions followed in the vibrant and tightly packed streets of Manchester’s Chinatown. The festivities to mark the Year of the Pig 2019 are set to commence on 28th January.

Slew of events are planned every year in Manchester city that is known to host the North’s biggest Chinese New Year carnival. Events for ringing in the galloping year of the horse are expected to begin in late January. Visit the Chinatown for being a witness to the dazzling parade with varied performances kept to amuse the crowd. Be careful of the huge mass of people that throng the place. Last year, 75,000 people were said to have watched the parade. Shops lining the streets of the locality offer good deals and eateries dish out tempting recipes during this time of the year. Visitors can also collect envelopes filled with gifts and goodies from stores, hotels, business houses retain chains and food shops in the Chinatown as offered during the festival.

Festivities would kick off on 18th January as the city streets and halls would lighten up in bright colors radiating from thousands of Chinese lanterns. Everywhere one sees, a red color seem to stretch out and overshadow all other hues across Chinatown and the main shopping streets of Manchester. Food lovers can take a trip to St. Ann’s Square from January 28 – 29 to sample the savories offered in the Chinese food market. Taste of traditional recipes and exotic food is sure to linger on in your taste buds for long.

Entertainment would be in full swing at the Northern Quarter’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art. To ring in the galloping Pig for 2019 in Chinese style, the organizers have commissioned the local illustrator, Lydia Meiying, to come up with bright horse-themed installation in its picture windows. The city would also host Chinese music and theme events at the Art gallery on January 28 to delight music lovers. For those who love to indulge in shopping of arts and crafts can visit the fair to come up at Chinatown institution, the Yang Sing on January 28.

Experience of Manchester’s Chinese New Year celebrations is incomplete without witnessing the Dragon Parade. It is scheduled to take place on January 28, Saturday. Highlights of the parade include the 175-foot paper dragon lion dance, martial arts demonstrations, art workshops and firework displays. With so many incredible events planned to welcome the Chinese New Year 2019, there can never be a dull moment in Manchester during this festival.

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