Not yet leaping in excitement about Chinese New Year ? Check out our New Year ‘need to knows’ to make sure you’re not left hanging around when the celebrations get into full swing!

Who celebrates

Countries across Asia with a large Chinese population – including Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Indonesia . Major cities throughout the globe now put on spectacular celebrations with revelry and costumes that are out of this world.

When

Sunday 7  February is officially New Year’s Eve, but colourful garlands, lights and lanterns already line many  streets in readiness.

The monkey business explained

Each year in the Chinese calendar is linked to a Zodiac sign, and 2016 is the year of the monkey. People born in this year are thought to be: adaptable, clever, quick-witted, charming, lucky, and lively. Sound like you? If you were born in 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968 or 1956 then the monkey is also your sign.

Best places to enjoy the festivities

Manchester –  Between  Thursday 4 and  Sunday 7 February  embrace the party vibe with fireworks, music, street food and much more. Head to our Tampopo van on New Cathedral Street between 12pm and 6pm from Thursday 4 Feb to Saturday 6th Feb if you’re in need of a pit-stop. Visit  www.chinesenewyearmcr.com for more of what’s happening when.

London – The largest celebrations outside Asia kick off on Sunday 14 February, when you can soak-up lion dancers, fires-eaters and other amazing performances, as well as a traditional parade departing from Chinatown.

Ho Chi Minh City – Known as Tet in Vietnam, Vietnamese New Year is  usually celebrated at the same time as Chinese New Year. It’s about parties, friends and cocktails – all enjoyed from the back of a motorbike, for the locals.

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Singapore – Old and new come together in a fantastic floating parade. Throw in some street parties, dancing and fireworks for a true carnival atmosphere that’s well worth the plane ticket.

Food, food and more food

No Chinese New Year festivities can be complete without indulging in delicious food.  It’s the perfect excuse to try some fresh and exciting flavours from across Asia. Why not do as the Chinese, and make it a time to feast with your family? And if you fancy something different but authentic, our Vietnamese dishes are packed with flavours and spices. Start off with Mini Vietnamese Summer Rolls, followed up by a bowl of pho or our new stir-fried Vietnamese Chilli Lemongrass, which is sure to get your taste buds tingling.

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For inspiration for Chinese New Year and beyond, checkout our menu or book at our Corn exchange restaurant now.