How to celebrate Chinese New Year 2015

Posted · 23rd January 2015
A guide to celebrating Chinese New Year
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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the biggest festival in the calendar for Chinese communities and this year is set to be bigger than ever. With homes, stores, restaurants and offices decorated in red and gold – celebrations are set to take place across the UK from 19 February, to welcome in the Year of the Sheep, Ram or Goat (depending on where you are in the world).

The Year of the Sheep, Ram or Goat (depending on your take)

Traditional celebrations take place across the world, but we’ve selected some of the best spots in the UK, for those looking for something different to do this Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year in London

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in the UK

If you’re looking for inspiration on where to celebrate the Chinese New Year in the UK, the following locations are suitable options.

London’s Chinese New Year

London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside of Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on key Chinese cuisine hotspots – Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.

Highlights of the event include a lively parade and a main stage in Trafalgar Square on 22 February from 12pm until 6pm, featuring visiting artists from China. Lion teams, performances from local artists and traditional street food and craft stalls can all be enjoyed during the day.

Celebrations in Manchester and Liverpool

Manchester boasts one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of London, with thousands of red lanterns decorating the city’s shopping streets. This year the city’s four day event will take place from Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 February and will combine elements associated with both traditional and contemporary Chinese culture.

Chinese regional cuisine

For those looking for Chinese cuisine, check out the street food fair in St Ann’s Square – showcasing some of the city’s best Chinatown eateries, alongside live music, performances and light shows.

If you’re over in Manchester, why not make the short trip across to Liverpool and visit the street food market on Great George Street. Liverpool’s famous Chinatown district will offer traditional Chinese street food, firecracker displays, lantern-making workshops, and street animation including tai chi demonstrations.

Enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine at home

Celebrating Chinese New Year can be just as fun at home, but for an authentic experience, it is one of the Chinese New Year customs to ensure that the house is cleaned from top to bottom. A thorough cleansing of the house will ensure that all bad luck that has gathered in the previous year is removed.

After the cleaning comes the fun part – decorating the house with as much red as possible! The most popular New Year decorations are lanterns, papercutting and a door God.

But, if like us, you like nothing more than to celebrate in style by preparing a delicious dish for family or friends, then why not try our special Chinese recipe – Fried Tofu in Chinese Sesame Soy Sauce.

We’ve also found a great range of Chinese-inspired dishes for you to try including; red cooked marinated tofu, shiitake mushrooms and chestnuts, buddhas stir fry vegetables with marinated tofu and Sichuan-style aubergine with tofu.

To find out what other Cauldron fans are cooking up for Chinese New Year, visit our Facebook page.

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