Chinese New Year

No matter who you are or where you're from, the oldest and most important festival in the Chinese calendar offers a chance to celebrate life, positive energy and good fortune. Spring clean the house, set off some firecrackers and celebrate with loved ones.

This Chinese New Year falls on 19 February and kicks off two weeks of celebrations. The date changes each year, as it's based on the Chinese lunar calendar – and 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. The festival closes with Teng Chieh, the lantern festival, on the full moon around 15 days later.


The Chinese Arch in Liverpool's Chinatown is the place to celebrate Chinese New Year in style each February. Dancing dragons, firecrackers and great food are all on offer.


Chinese lanterns

Chinatown is transformed into an Oriental wonderland each year, with dragon and lion dances, Kung Fu demonstrations, dancing, stalls and workshops plus fireworks and a parade.


Discover the cultural significance of Chinese New Year with family-friendly fun at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets of the capital to celebrate Chinese New Year. Visit Trafalgar Square for an afternoon of traditional and contemporary Chinese arts live on stage. There'll also be performance art, fireworks and lion displays in and around Chinatown itself.


Chinese circus

Medway celebrations are set to transform Chatham High Street with traditional Chinese dance. Enter the Chinese costumer competition and have a go at Lion Dancing. The event is the third largest of its kind in the UK.


Birmingham's Chinese quarter celebrates in style each year at the Arcadian Centre. The largest celebration of its kind in the Midlands, the day attracts around 20,000 people.

Fusion flavours

Search for Chinese restaurants in the UK.

Or, why not eat in – try our delicious recipes and celebrate Chinese New Year with a fab feast at home.

13 January 2015