We've just ushered in 2019 - but the start of another New Year is just around the corner. Manchester will celebrate Chinese New Year next month, with celebrations in and around Chinatown between February 7 and 10. And the highlight of the festivities will be a giant straw piglet taking up residence in St Ann's Square. Heralding the Year of the Pig, the large scale art installation is being created by internationally renowned UK artist Alex Rinsler, whose previous works include a giant straw fox that sat atop the Southbank Centre in London in 2011 and a huge straw squirrel in the centre of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The sculpture, Penny Coin Piglet, will be wearing 'a handsome coat made from currency'. Visitors will be invited to contribute their own pennies to piggy banks around the installation, with proceeds going to homelessness fund The Big Change and The Wai Yin Society, which supports disadvantaged Chinese families and other communities in need. Giving money is an important part of the … [Read more...] about A giant straw piglet is coming to Manchester for Chinese New Year
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As the end of 2018 approaches many people will be planning their New Year's Eve celebrations. That often means heading down to the shops to buy those all important fireworks to ring in 2019. But what are the laws around buying and using them on New Year's Eve? The Government and firework safety groups have put together a guide to the laws around using them. When can I set them off? For most days of the year it is illegal to set fireworks off between 11pm and 7am according to the Government website. On New Year's Eve fireworks can be set off until 1am and the same can be said for Diwali and Chinese New Year. On Bonfire Night, the cut off is midnight. There is also a noise limit of 120db on consumer fireworks. When and where can I buy fireworks? Fireworks can only be bought from registered sellers for private use from October 15 to November 10 and December 26 to December 31. They can also only be bought in the three days running up to Diwali and Chinese New Year. At other times of the … [Read more...] about This is the law on using fireworks on New Year’s Eve
NEW Year's Day is here and after much celebrating it's time to let 2019 really begin. From inspiring quotes and unusual traditions to Snapchat's new feature, here are some last-minute things to help you celebrate New Year's Day in style. What inspirational New Year's quotes are there? If you're looking forward to a fresh start, there's no better way to kick off 2018 than by ruminating on some inspirational words of wisdom. Here are a few of our favourite quotes: TS Eliot: For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. Oprah Winfrey: Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. Alfred Tennyson: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, "It will be happier." Neil Gaiman: Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever. William Shakespeare: Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. CS … [Read more...] about New Year 2019 quotes and traditions and how to use Snapchat’s Year End Story 2018 feature
The Chinese community in Perth is looking forward to staging its Chinese New Year celebrations, after a funding boost. Perth Common Good Fund agreed to give PKAVS minority communities hub and Perth Chinese Community Association £3000 towards the cost of the city’s Chinese New Year celebrations. However, this was only after a debate in the council chambers, as council officers had initially recommended the event be given up to £5000. The officers did however say it was up to the committee’s discretion, and could grant anything up to that amount. After much discussion by the members of the fund’s committee, it was agreed to go against the recommendations and only give the event £3000. In the report presented at the committee meeting on Wednesday, it said: “An application has been received from PKAVS minority communities hub and Perth Chinese Community Association, seeking a grant towards the costs of 2019 Chinese New Year celebrations. “The … [Read more...] about Cash blow for Chinese New Year organisers
The Chinese New Year brings with it fireworks and impressive lantern displays. But when is it celebrated in 2019, which zodiac comes into prominence, and what does it mean for the year ahead? When is Chinese New Year? Falling on February 5, Chinese New Year marks the turn of the lunar year. Based on the Chinese calendar, the celebration starts on the last day of the last month of the lunar cycle and ends on the 15th day of the first month. WarningSKEWERED ALIVE Factory robot malfunctions and impales worker with 10 foot-long steel spikes CHURCH BLOODBATH Gunman ‘storms cathedral during mass killing 4 and turning gun on himself’ FIRE IN THE HOLE US Army’s terrifying new rifle can obliterate enemies with power of TANK BEST OF BRITAIN Britain's most popular meals revealed including beans on toast CORNERED BY BEASTS Young lion bares teeth at water buffalo… before pride rushes to rescue ESCORT 'MURDER' Businessman, 48, 'battered high-class escort, 29, to death with … [Read more...] about When is Chinese New Year 2019, how is the Year of the Pig celebrated and what are the other zodiac animals?