Chinese New Year is one of the largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year festivals in the world. It is celebrated by communities across the UK and Southampton is no exception! February will see an exciting programme of festivities from spirited dragon parades to family-friendly traditional arts and crafts. Dive into the action-packed details of what’s happening across the city below.
Lunar New Year celebrations begin on the day of the new moon that appears between 21st January to 20th February and lasts for roughly 15 days until the full moon. During this auspicious period, families come together to partake in shared meals, and engage in the age-old tradition of sprucing up their homes to make way for good fortune and usher in the new year. The vibrant colour red takes centre stage, symbolizing not only good luck but also the essence of joy along with the regal hue of gold which is synonymous with wealth and prosperity. Read more on this here.
2024 is the year of the dragon which is the fifth zodiac in the 12-year cycle of the lunar calendar. The dragon represents good luck, strength, and health and is the only zodiac that is a mythical creature. Those born in the year of the dragon are said to be ambitious, generous, strong and independent individuals with an adventurous side. Discover your zodiac sign here.
Previous years of the dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928
Join UK Shaolin for the grand finale of this year's celebrations as they celebrate the Lantern Festival on Saturday 24th February. Here's what you can expect:
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