The lunar new year begins in 2018 on Friday, February 16th and ushers in the Year of the Dog. One popular horoscope site (of many) notes that “the universal values of dialogue and solidarity are characteristic values of the sign of the Dog” and advises that we “show tolerance and empathy toward those we meet in order to preserve karmic balance”. Which sounds like excellent advice.
Manchester will stage its biggest and best New Year celebration yet starting on Friday the 16th and culminating on Sunday the 18th with fireworks and theDragon Parade.
In London, the main event, with many accompanying activities, is the spectacular Parade on Sunday the 18th. London claims its celebration is the largest outside Asia.
Newcastle kicks off its celebration with a launch event on Friday 16th. The city’s biggest ever (and newly ‘crowdfunded’) parade starts in Chinatown on Stowell Street on the 18th.
In Liverpool, between the 16th and 18th, “a three-day celebration will take place across Liverpool’s Chinatown....that will tell the story of Liverpool’s incredible Chinese history and culture”.
In Birmingham, the main festival event will be held within the city’s Chinatown, near the Hippodrome Theatre on Feb 18th.
And in Durham, the Oriental Museum is hosting a Lunar New Year Celebration: The Year of the Dog.