Updated: Feb 13, 2019
Trafford Chinese are raising awareness of Chinese New Year at Broadheath Community Hall to highlight the diversity of cultures across our community.
This year, we celebrate Chinese New Year on Tuesday 5 February and welcome our friends to the year of the pig! Festivities began on 4 February across the globe and local Chinese in Trafford celebrated Chinese New Year in the afternoon of the 9 Feb at Broadheath Community Hall.
Unlike many regional holidays, which always take place on a fixed date, Chinese New Year varies each year because it marks the start of the lunar year. The holiday falls in line with the Chinese zodiac which runs in a 12-year cycle. Twelve animals represent each year: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig. And each one has its own characteristics similar to the zodiac signs.
More than 120 local Chinese in Trafford celebrated together their traditional festival. A group of Chinese young students from Wenlu Chinese Academy (Sunday language school) sang a beautiful Chinese song and were dressed in traditional Chinese clothes with red scarves which symbolizes good luck and fortune in China.
Local MP Sir Graham Brady spoke to attendees highlighting the role of the Chinese community in British life from students to families whose roots in the nation go back well over a century.
It is the second time for local Chinese in Trafford celebrated Chinese festivals.