What I love in the UK is its multicultural environment! Indians, Chinese, Africans, Europeans and of course English people they live together in peace and they celebrate all together the festivals of the other nations!
Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. In China, it is known as “Spring Festival,” and it is celebrated in many countries and territories with significant Chinese populations and also in Chinatowns all over the world!
The UK based city of Manchester is known to house the largest number of Chinese population in the whole UK and hence the Chinese New Year celebration in Manchester is known to be celebrated as one of the most splendidly organized event which is highly popular. The traditional dragon dance on the streets of Manchester and especially in Chinatown is a specialty that one cannot miss out on while on a visit to Manchester.
In 2012, the year of the dragon according to the Chinese calendar, me and Dora were lucky to attend this Chinese festivity in Albert Square which was full of different nation’s people, in Manchester’s Chinatown.
The dancing programs, events of martial arts and music shows makes it a larger than life event. Dragon dances, kungfu demonstrations and fireworks were just some of the highlights of this annual public celebration. In the end, the traditional lion dance is one of the specialties in the occasion of Chinese New Year in Manchester.
Apart from these customs, we also visited the various Chinese stalls which display the art and craft items and decorative accessories. An old woman wrote in a paper our names with Chinese characters, but I think it is impossible for me to learn how to write that!
Although we were hundreds of miles far from China, attending that festival made us feel the profound Chinese spirit which captivates millions of people around the world! I hope I will go to China soon in order to explore the Chinese culture better!