Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2011 sees celebrations for the year of The Rabbit.

By Manchester's Finest | 21 February 2011

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The year of the Rabbit was welcomed this year by hundreds of people taking to the streets of Manchester to enjoy the festivities.

It truly was a spectacle to behold as a 175ft Dragon was paraded through the city, starting its dance in Albert Square at midday and heading towards Chinatown accompanied by Kung Fu demonstrations, folk dance performances and acrobatics, fire crackers to bring luck for the year and, of course, spectacular fireworks.

Chinatown was jam-packed with street stalls offering Chinese arts and crafts, traditional medicines, costumes, calligraphy, jewellery, fortune telling and the very best that Manchester has to offer in oriental food and delicacies.

Manchester’s China town was established in the early 20th Century, eight years before the first Chinese Restaurant called “Ping Hong” opened and it has continued to thrive ever since. The Chinese arch, standing tall and proud as a symbol of the area was completed in 1987, adorned with Dragons and Phoenixes, representing the Ming Dynasty Imperial, it stands at 45ft and was the tallest in Europe until it was recently succeeded by the Chinese arch in Liverpool.

All in all it was a fantastic celebration and sets a precedence for 2012, the year of the Dragon!

A bit about people born in the Year of the Rabbit:

Positive: The Rabbit can be sensitive, tactful. home-loving, refined, prudent, discreet, long-living, ambitious, cultured, well-mannered, artistic, considerate, scholarly, suave, graciously hospitable, modest and unimpeachably virtuous.

The Rabbit can also be snobbish, secretive, pedantic, complicated, haughtily indifferent, self-indulgent, hypochondriacal, punctilious, judgemental, self-righteous, deceptive, self-centred and terminally condescending.

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