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In the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the year of the pig – my year! So as the world is celebrating Chinese New Year along with this fascinating country, I went to Manchester to celebrate too!
As we approached Albert’s Square, we were welcomed by the sweet signing of two ladies. It was traditional Chinese music with lyrics I wish I knew – and as we got closer, we saw the beautiful red hanging lanterns in the trees.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, Manchester has gone all out. They’ve filled the town with not only decorations but Chinese food stalls, arts and crafts, games, and a massive piglet!
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Inside a little stall was a range of Chinese decorations you could buy, face painting, and a chance to have your name written in Chinese. I couldn’t resist having my name written, so I did!
There’s quite a few stalls to choose from to eat. You can choose from bubble tea, steamed buns and Chinese food with a twist! I chose to go for chicken pad Thai noodles, but was sad that I didn’t get any chop sticks.
But if there’s one thing you should see this year, it has to be the big piglet! It’s absolutely beautiful, and so lifelike. It was great to see so many people taking pictures with it too, and it seems to be incredibly popular with children. We heard so many chanting ‘where’s the piggie‘ on the way around, it was so cute!
There’s still time to see Chinese New Year in Manchester, so be sure to head down quick to see all these amazing things to do, see and eat! You won’t regret it.
And to anyone who celebrates Chinese New Year, I wish you all the happiness for 2019 and the year of the boar!