Chinese New Year 2020

Thousands of Chinese lanterns  adorned  the streets of Liverpool  including the Central Library Picton Colonnades, Cunard Building, Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall  and many other public buildings.

Beginning at 11am on Sunday 26th January, the celebrations blended Chinese cultural history with elements of the modern to bring a mixture of street and stage performances, aerial displays by the Black-e, family workshops, a fairground, Dragon, Unicorn and Lion Dancer parades, firecracker displays and of course the popular Chinese market on George Street selling gifts, souvenirs and mouth-watering food.

The Year of the Rat began. January 25 is the Lunar New Year, aka Chinese New Year. It marks the beginning of the lunisolar Chinese calendar, which is based on the phases of the moon and the sun’s longitude, and has been in use since the 14th century B.C.E.

The Chinese zodiac cycle consists of 12 animal signs, one for each lunisolar year. This upcoming cycle is the Year of the Rat, the first sign; last year was the Year of the Pig. In folklore, the Jade Emperor held a competition to decide the zodiac animals. The rat asked the ox to carry him across the river, but jumped down before the ox crossed the finish line, winning the race.

According to the China Institute, the rat is a symbol of fertility and abundance. People born during this year (or previous Years of the Rat, such as 1984, 1996, or 2008) are believed to be intelligent, creative, and resourceful, and have the ability to form strong social bonds.

Kung Hei Fat Choy !
Happy Chinese new year !


Bob Edwards