The £10 challenge: Banish the January blues and celebrate Chinese New Year in Manchester

By Kim Richards

As January draws to a close, you’d be forgiven for thinking even the hardiest of New Year’s parties had ended but MM has found a way to keep the celebrations rolling on a budget.

Chinese New Year celebrations in Manchester are renowned for bringing a taste of the Orient to the masses, and this year is no exception.

As the second largest Chinatown in England, and the third in Europe, Manchester is famous for celebrating in style – last year’s party saw 65,000 flock to the city.

The Federation of Chinese Associations of Manchester is combining East and West on February 10 to bring The Year of the Snake to Manchester – and along with it a whole host of things to do.

If you fancy partying but your bank balance is still suffering, start your day watching the free procession, featuring Master Chu’s Dragon Parade, spanning from Manchester Town Hall to Chinatown at 12.30.

Bring the whole family down for a day of budget fun – unleash your inner Picasso by taking an origami workshop and practise your dance steps with Manchester’s popular Lion Dancers.

Or simply soak up the culture with a wander through the town, where colourful craft markets will line the streets.

But on the other hand, if your money is burning a hole in your pocket, taste how Chinese food should be cooked by sampling some street food in Albert Square – before indulging the child inside you and spending your loose change on the fairground.

To top off your day, a firework spectacular will light up the city from 6pm and with whatever cash you have left over chow down on some sweet and sour pork while you watch!

Picture courtesy of binaryape, with thanks.

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