Liverpool welcomed the Chinese New Year with a range of festivities including Tai Chi demonstrations, firecracker performances and dancing dragons.

 

The Year of the Tiger, formally called Geng Yin, was celebrated by thousands of visitors around the Chinese Arch, with more displays in the surrounding streets, which were covered by overnight snow.

 

Chinese New Year is a major annual event in Liverpool, which has one of the oldest Chinese communities in Europe, due to the long-standing trade links between the city and Shanghai.

 

Immigrants from China began to arrive in the 1860s and the community has thrived ever since.

 

February 14th was the official beginning of the New Year, but the celebrations were moved to the following Sunday to accommodate Valentine’s Day.

 

The Tiger is the third of a 12-year cycle in the Chinese calendar, with each year given the name of an animal.

 

People born in the Year of the Tiger are said to be sensitive but impulsive, with a thoughtful and unselfish frame of mind.

 

Liverpool celebrates Chinese New Year

 Pictures: Vegard Grott, Photo Editor

 Words: Chris Shaw, Website Editor

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