Happy Chinese New Year at Preston Market

30 January 2014

Preston Market is to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the most important date in the Chinese calendar with vibrant colours and a Chinese dragon parade.

On the Chinese calendar, this is the year of the horse. The horse is one of the animals within the 12 year cycle of the Chinese calendar.

This Friday the market will be decorated with Chinese lanterns and there will be free fortune cookies. The Chinese dragon will be accompanied by drum players.

Mayor of Preston Councillor Veronica Afrin said, “This is a great reason to visit Preston Market. As always there are great stalls on the market but there will be such a buzz about the place for this special event with special Chinese produce available to help celebrate this important event.

“The parades will be great with such bright colours on show and the drums will add to the atmosphere.”


  • The Chinese new year is 31 January 14.
  • There will be three, 20 minute parades starting at 10.30, 11.30 and 12.30.
  • The horse is the 7th animal on the 12 year cycle, the positions where chosen by the great race, where the horse finished 7th.
  • Anyone born in 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 or 2014 were born in the year of the horse.
  • People who are born in the year of the horse are believed to have superior manners, be confident, dress fashionably and sharp minded.
  • UCLan was the 1st UK university to establish a joint programme with a Chinese partner university in 1993.
  • UCLan currently has over 750 Chinese students.
  • Famous people born in the year of the horse are Bob Geldof, Gordon Ramsey and Rio Ferdinand.


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