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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
31 January and kicks off two weeks of celebrations – so there's plenty going on. The date changes each year, as it's based on the Chinese lunar calendar – and 2014 is the Year of the Horse.
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.
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.
The City Museum and Art Gallery prepares for the Year of the Horse on Saturday 25 January with some fun, arty activities for kids, including masks, lanterns and decorations.
Discover the cultural significance of Chinese New Year with family-friendly fun at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, on Saturday 15 February.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets of the capital to celebrate Chinese New Year. Visit Trafalgar Square on Sunday
2 February, for an afternoon of traditional and contemporary Chinese arts live on stage. There'll also be performance art on Shaftesbury Avenue, fireworks in Leicester Square, and lion displays in Chinatown.
Medway celebrations are set to transform Chatham High Street with traditional Chinese dance on Sunday 9 February. 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, and 2014 promises to be no different. The largest celebration of its kind in the Midlands, the day attracts around 20,000 people.
Search for top places to find Chinese food in the UK.
Or, why not eat in – try our delicious recipes and celebrate Chinese New Year with a fab feast at home.
(22 January 2014)