Chinese New Year

Chester celebrates Chinese New Year on Saturday January 21 with a fantastic parade through the city centre streets. Families, friends and organisations from across the city will come together with traditional customs and rituals to mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit.

What and When

The parade and celebrations for Chinese New Year 2023 in Chester will start at 11am on Eastgate Street. The event will include a Tai Chi and weapons skills demonstration, a colourful Lions and Dragon dance and parade through to Town Hall Square via St. Werburgh Street and into Storyhouse in Hunter Street for 12pm.

Tutors from Wah Lei Saturday Mandarin school based at the University of Chester and volunteers will deliver cultural workshops from 12.30pm to 2.30pm for the festival celebrations in The Storyhouse.

About Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is also an opportunity to reflect on the past year and look forward to what lies ahead. The Chinese New Year is observed by millions around the world and is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. During this celebration, people decorate their homes with red lanterns, set off firecrackers, give out gifts, exchange cards and letters, eat special foods like dumplings or noodles and perform traditional dances such as lion or dragon dances. People also visit their relatives during this time to wish them luck for the coming year. It is a time for joyous celebration and reflection as we welcome in another new year!

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