WELCOME

to our Chinese New Year pages 2020!  The year of Metal rat.

WELCOME

to our Chinese New Year pages 2020!  The year of Metal rat.

The Best Extravaganza On The South Coast

SOUTHAMPTON CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2020

2020庆祝中国新年

Saturday 25th January 

11:30 – 15:30

O2 Guildhall Southampton & Southampton Guildhall Square

UNITING THE CITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

The CNY 2020 Year of the Rat Celebrations also marks the second year in which the City of Southampton has banded together to celebrate the Southampton community. Once again, Southampton City Council and many other Southampton based community groups, education bodies, and businesses, are coming together to bring these celebrations for the benefit, and enjoyment of the Southampton community. Follow our social media threads to find more information about who is collaborating with us for this special occasion.

The Best Extravaganza On The South Coast

SOUTHAMPTON CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2020

2020庆祝中国新年

Saturday 25th January 

11:30 – 15:30

O2 Guildhall Southampton & Southampton Guildhall Square

UNITING THE CITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

The CNY 2020 Year of the Rat Celebrations also marks the second year in which the City of Southampton has banded together to celebrate the Southampton community. Once again, Southampton City Council and many other Southampton based community groups, education bodies, and businesses, are coming together to bring these celebrations for the benefit, and enjoyment of the Southampton community. Follow our social media threads to find more information about who is collaborating with us for this special occasion.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR 2020
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Southampton City’s 2019 CNY Year of the Pig Celebrations exposed millions of people to its celebrations. UK Shaolin Temple returns once again to host Chinese New Year 2020 Year of the Rat Celebrations in collaboration with Southampton City Council. Alongside our partners, and collaborators, will be out in full force this Chinese New Year to see in the Year of the Metal Rat with an array of celebrations taking place over two days: Saturday 25th January 2020 and Saturday 8th February 2020. The celebrations programme sees both well-known and new attractions, performances, and activities that will unite the City of Southampton and celebrate this beloved cultural festival. The line-up includes:

 –  CNY Gala Stage Show

 – Chinese Lantern Festival Parade & Lantern Competition

 –  Arts & Cultural Exhibition

 – Interactive Workshops

 – Chinese Arts & Crafts Stalls

 – Chinese Food Stalls

Southampton City’s 2019 CNY Year of the Pig Celebrations exposed millions of people to its celebrations. UK Shaolin Temple returns once again to host Chinese New Year 2020 Year of the Rat Celebrations in collaboration with Southampton City Council. Alongside our partners, and collaborators, will be out in full force this Chinese New Year to see in the Year of the Metal Rat with an array of celebrations taking place over two days: Saturday 25th January 2020 and Saturday 8th February 2020. The celebrations programme sees both well-known and new attractions, performances, and activities that will unite the City of Southampton and celebrate this beloved cultural festival. The line-up includes:

 –  CNY Gala Stage Show

 – Chinese Lantern Festival Parade & Lantern Competition

 –  Arts & Cultural Exhibition

 – Interactive Workshops

 – Chinese Arts & Crafts Stalls

 – Chinese Food Stalls

THE CELEBRATIONS

CNY 2020 kicks off with a host of fun activities and events hosted in and around Southampton’s cultural quarter: Southampton Guildhall Square. The Guildhall Squareitself will house a free exhibition detailing the history and customs of Chinese New Year celebrations, as well as, arts installations, both of which are designed and produced University students across the South. In addition, numerous free interactive workshops will be held throughout the day giving the public the opportunity to try out ancient Chinese exercises such as Tai Chi, and Qigong, and other fun activities such as traditional Chinese dancing. Other stalls will be operating throughout including face painting, arts and crafts, and plus others.

The festivities continue inside the O2 Guildhall Southampton with the celebration’s headline event: the CNY 2020 stage show. This ticketed event will dazzle audiences with an extraordinary collection of acts including the popular UK Shaolin Temple martial arts performers, Lion and Dragon dancing troupes, Chinese Circus performers, plus many more cultural, music, and dance acts from Southampton, and across the UK. More workshops are held inside the O2 Guildhall including arts and crafts, Chinese food stalls, and many more fun activities for all the family to enjoy.

When: Saturday 25th January 2020 11:30am – 3:30pm

Where: Southampton Guildhall Square & O2 Guildhall Southampton

CNY 2020 kicks off with a host of fun activities and events hosted in and around Southampton’s cultural quarter: Southampton Guildhall Square. The Guildhall Squareitself will house a free exhibition detailing the history and customs of Chinese New Year celebrations, as well as, arts installations, both of which are designed and produced University students across the South. In addition, numerous free interactive workshops will be held throughout the day giving the public the opportunity to try out ancient Chinese exercises such as Tai Chi, and Qigong, and other fun activities such as traditional Chinese dancing. Other stalls will be operating throughout including face painting, arts and crafts, and plus others.

The festivities continue inside the O2 Guildhall Southampton with the celebration’s headline event: the CNY 2020 stage show. This ticketed event will dazzle audiences with an extraordinary collection of acts including the popular UK Shaolin Temple martial arts performers, Lion and Dragon dancing troupes, Chinese Circus performers, plus many more cultural, music, and dance acts from Southampton, and across the UK. More workshops are held inside the O2 Guildhall including arts and crafts, Chinese food stalls, and many more fun activities for all the family to enjoy.

When: Saturday 25th January 2020 11:30am – 3:30pm

Where: Southampton Guildhall Square & O2 Guildhall Southampton

THE LANTERN FESTIVAL

Join us for more fun on the evening of Saturday 8th February 2020, which marks the Eve of Chinese of the New Year and the end to the CNY 2020 festivities – The Lantern Festival. The main event includes a stunning Chinese New Year Lantern light parade. This parade is a visual feast of colour and light as a sea of lanterns accompanies our dazzling luminous Dragon. The parade commences at the Southampton’s Bargate, travels down the high street, and finishes in the Guildhall Square. Don’t miss an opportunity to snap a picture with our star Dragon.

When: Saturday 8th February 2020 3:30pm – 7:00pm

Where: Southampton Bargate – Guildhall Square

Join us for more fun on the evening of Saturday 8th February 2020, which marks the Eve of Chinese of the New Year and the end to the CNY 2020 festivities – The Lantern Festival. The main event includes a stunning Chinese New Year Lantern light parade. This parade is a visual feast of colour and light as a sea of lanterns accompanies our dazzling luminous Dragon. The parade commences at the Southampton’s Bargate, travels down the high street, and finishes in the Guildhall Square. Don’t miss an opportunity to snap a picture with our star Dragon.

When: Saturday 8th February 2020 3:30pm – 7:00pm

Where: Southampton Bargate – Guildhall Square

YEAR OF THE METAL RAT

2020 is a particular auspicious year for everyone due to the fact that the Rat it is the first animal of the Chinese zodiac cycle; for this reason the year of the Rat represents a time for new beginnings. 2020 is considered a year to focus on your goals and aspirations as your creative energies and hard work will be nurtured throughout this year. What outstanding goals do you hold? It’s time to take action.

2020 is a particular auspicious year for everyone due to the fact that the Rat it is the first animal of the Chinese zodiac cycle; for this reason the year of the Rat represents a time for new beginnings. 2020 is considered a year to focus on your goals and aspirations as your creative energies and hard work will be nurtured throughout this year. What outstanding goals do you hold? It’s time to take action.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHINESE NEW YEAR

Chinese New Year has been celebrated for centuries in China and all around Asia. It is also known as the Spring Festival and the Lunar New Year, and marks the start of the new Lunar Year. An array of colourful celebrations usually start on the last day of the last month in the Chinese lunar calendar, and end on the 15th day of the first month with the spectacular Lantern Festival.

Chinese New Year is based on numerous legends, myths, and traditional ways of life; and the many symbols and decorations within New Year Celebrations derive from these origins. Any Chinese friend or family will know about the story of the wicked mythical beast Nian, who was defeated by an old man armed with firecrackers, and red paper talismans. We are sure they will happily tell you all about it.

The Chinese New Year festival is also the perfect time to remember your relatives, and your wider family lineage. On Chinese New Year’s Eve, families and friends come together to enjoy each other’s company, eat a sumptuous dinner, play games, and children will often receive red packets filled with money for good luck.

Another tradition leading up to Chinese New Year is to clean your house, which is of the utmost importance to wash away any bad luck from the current year, and to make your living space open to good luck in the coming year. Additional preparations include decorations at certain openings such as doors or windows. These paper decorations are usually coloured red and gold, lucky colours in Chinese culture, and feature calligraphic symbols denoting wishes for good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity.

Chinese New Year is celebrated across the whole world, bringing people of all ages and different cultures together celebrating with their local communities. Join us in Southampton this Chinese New Year and see in their ancient festival with your local community.

For the latest updates on this event, follow the official #CNYSouthampton hashtag on social media, follow our facebook page and visit Southampton City Council’s Events page.

We look forward to see you there and celebrate the start of year full of love and generosity.

Chinese New Year has been celebrated for centuries in China and all around Asia. It is also known as the Spring Festival and the Lunar New Year, and marks the start of the new Lunar Year. An array of colourful celebrations usually start on the last day of the last month in the Chinese lunar calendar, and end on the 15th day of the first month with the spectacular Lantern Festival.

Chinese New Year is based on numerous legends, myths, and traditional ways of life; and the many symbols and decorations within New Year Celebrations derive from these origins. Any Chinese friend or family will know about the story of the wicked mythical beast Nian, who was defeated by an old man armed with firecrackers, and red paper talismans. We are sure they will happily tell you all about it.

The Chinese New Year festival is also the perfect time to remember your relatives, and your wider family lineage. On Chinese New Year’s Eve, families and friends come together to enjoy each other’s company, eat a sumptuous dinner, play games, and children will often receive red packets filled with money for good luck.

Another tradition leading up to Chinese New Year is to clean your house, which is of the utmost importance to wash away any bad luck from the current year, and to make your living space open to good luck in the coming year. Additional preparations include decorations at certain openings such as doors or windows. These paper decorations are usually coloured red and gold, lucky colours in Chinese culture, and feature calligraphic symbols denoting wishes for good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity.

Chinese New Year is celebrated across the whole world, bringing people of all ages and different cultures together celebrating with their local communities. Join us in Southampton this Chinese New Year and see in their ancient festival with your local community.

For the latest updates on this event, follow the official #CNYSouthampton hashtag on social media, follow our facebook page and visit Southampton City Council’s Events page.

We look forward to see you there and celebrate the start of year full of love and generosity.

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

You can also follow the official #CNYSouthampton hashtag on social media.

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