Island’s Chinese community prepares for Year of the R-A-T – Manx Radio
New lunar year begins this weekend
Chinese people across the world are getting ready to celebrate their new year, which starts tomorrow – and those in the Isle of Man are no different.
The national spring festival traditionally marks the beginning of a new lunar year and holiday in China’s calendar, and sees hundreds of millions of people make the journey home to Asia.
Each year is named after a different animal, and is said to represent various attributes in those born in each year – 2020’s is the Year of the R-A-T.
Celebrations will also be taking place here for those unable to travel back to China from the Island.
Chair of the Isle of Man Chinese Society, Jenny Zhou, explains:
As it’s the year of the R-A-T, we asked locals on Strand Street what they made of that, given the significance of that word here: