The streets of Exeter will be transformed in February as the city is dressed with red lanterns and bunting to celebrate Chinese New Year. Bringing a splash of colour to the winter skies, the decorative lanterns will adorn the High Street, Fore Street and Gandy Street.
This is the first time the city has been dressed to celebrate the festival. The city dressing is an initiative from In Exeter, the city’s Business Improvement District team. In Exeter is also sponsoring the University’s Chinese New Year Parade on 4th March which will see dragon and lion traditional dancing move through the city centre from 1pm, starting at Buffet City and ending at the RAMM with a performance in Bedford Square, Princesshay along the way.
Ann Hunter, In Exeter and Exeter BID manager, said: “Chinese New Year is a spectacular festival that we wanted to celebrate by dressing the city. The decorations will complement the University’s traditional dancing parade on 4th March and festivities which we are expecting a great turnout for. We will also be supporting our city centre businesses celebrating Chinese New Year including a tea ceremony at The House of Hope and Mercy in the Jungle on Saturday 17th February, the new menu including chicken feet at Absurd Bird and the Chinese Trail at the RAMM.’
Chinese New Year is dependent on the lunar calendar and falls on a different day each year. The 2018 Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 16 and is the year of the dog.