Year of the Monkey Celebration 2016 programme 

Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year)

Often known in the West as Chinese New Year, the Lunar New Year occurs on the New Moon of the first lunar month each year. The exact date of the Lunar New Year can fall anywhere between the 21st of January and the 21st of February in the Gregorian calendar. Each year is symbolised by one of the 12 zodiac animals. The zodiacs and their orders are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year for the Chinese and some of the East and Southeast Asian countries. Traditionally the New Year is celebrated with family and the community through activities including deep-clean, decorating houses with traditional papercuts, feasting, and setting off firecrackers to bring in the New Year with a bang!

Lunar New Year Celebration at the MEAA

We have been hosting Lunar New Year celebrations since 2008. Traditionally the “Lunar New Year Extravaganza” was held in the Assembly Rooms, Bath and enjoyed by almost a thousand visitors and local residents each year. It was supported by the local Council and various other organisations.

From 2016 the celebration will be held in the intimate setting of the Museum, with activities for all ages in different galleries. The celebration is a one-day event packed with entertainment and New Year arts and crafts activities.

Our celebration is always held within a two-week period around the Lunar New Year and is free to attend, but some events may require bookings due to limited space. The Museum will be free of admission charges for all on the day of the celebration.