Chinese New Year takes place every year between late January and mid-February. The traditional festival, also known as the Spring Festival, will take place with venues across York holding their own celebrations to welcome in the Year of the Tiger. Food, light and family are some of the biggest parts of Chinese New Year, all of which will be found in York throughout the festival.
The tale goes that each zodiac year is an animal that the Jade Emperor invited to his party. The order of each animal would be decided by whoever got to the party first, with the Tiger setting off and arriving after the Ox. The Tiger was angered at the Rat's use of deception to arrive before even the Ox, causing them to be pushed back in the list.
Tigers are seen as the guardians of children and young people, and it is customary for many children's shoes to feature designs of tigers to ward off evil spirits. Learn more about the Zodiacs and their meanings here.