Island’s Chinese community prepares for Year of the R-A-T – Manx Radio

Friday, January 24th, 2020 6:30am

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:


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