Manchester Chinese New Year 2022 events: when and how Lunar New Year is being celebrated - but no fireworks

The main focus for Manchester’s Chinese New Year celebrations have been announced - there’s no 2022 parade or fireworks but plenty of other things happening.

It’s a popular and colourful event on Manchester’s calendar. Chinese New Year 2022 begins on February 1 and plans are afoot to celebrate the Year of the Tiger in style.

Previous years have seen a dragon parade in the city centre but unfortunately Covid restrictions mean it won’t take place this year - nor will fireworks.

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However, the occasion will still be marked in other ways.

The traditional red lanterns were put up in Chinatown and a number of city centre streets over the last few weeks.

A sculpture of a tiger, commissioned by Manchester Business Improvement District, in St Ann’s Square: Photo: Manchester BID/PA

A large-scale tiger art sculpture has been installed in St Ann’s Square and will be there from 1 to 6 February.

The striking sculpture, made from wood and recycled materials, has been organised by Manchester BID and will be lit up at night.

And on Sunday 6 February, Manchester’s Chinatown will be celebrating the Lunar New Year with a various family-friendly activities including lion dancing, Chinese dancers, street food stalls and Chinese arts and crafts. The events are free and you can simply drop in.

Red lanterns to mark Chinese new year in Manchester Credit: Shutterstock

What does the year of the Tiger represent?

Each lunar year has a different sign, meaning everyone is represented by one of 12 animals in their birth year.

The Tiger is associated with traits of leadership, respect and acting assertively as well as being courageous, outspoken, prone to taking risks and energetic.

People born in the year of the Tiger- 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022 - also share these traits - according to the Qin legend.