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London Celebrates Chinese New Year Too

by Moderator January 2012 - last edited February 2013 by Community Manager

 

Following on from our previous post on how to celebrate Chinese New Year in Shanghai, we thought we'd take a look at the festivities closer to home in London, where a number of events are planned to welcome the upcoming Year of the Dragon.

Chinese communities across the world will be ushering in the new year, and London's celebrations, which take place on Sunday 29th January, will centre around Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Chinatown itself.

 

Chinese Dragon for London's Chinese New Year © Paolo Camera on Flickr.com

Chinese Dragon for London's Chinese New Year © Paolo Camera on Flickr.com

 

New Year's Parade

The day kicks off at 10am with a dazzling parade of extravagantly decorated floats through the West End, passing through Chinatown and along Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Rupert Street, before entering the final destination of Trafalgar Square at midday.

 

Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square, London by Wendy Leber on Dreamstime.com

Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square, London by Wendy Leber on Dreamstime.com

 

After the official opening ceremony - including speeches from the Chinese Ambassador and the Mayor of London - the real fun begins, with dragon displays, music, dancing and acrobatics from international and home-grown performers, food stalls, firecrackers and light shows.

 

Chinese dancers perform for the crowds in London by Eric Flamant on Dreamstime.com

Chinese dancers perform for the crowds in London by Eric Flamant on Dreamstime.com

 

Meanwhile, a specially lantern-dressed Chinatown plays host to a parade of lion dancers and a range of cultural stalls selling traditional food and other produce, while another stage in nearby Shaftesbury Avenue showcases local Chinese performers and artists.

 

Chinese New Year celebrations in London's Chinatown by Tupungato on Dreamstime.com

Chinese New Year celebrations in London's Chinatown by Tupungato on Dreamstime.com

 

For more information, including maps and dining tips, visit the Chinatown London website.

Photos: Header shot © Stephen Finn | Dreamstime.com, Chinese Dragon by Paolo Camera on Flickr, Trafalgar Square © Wendy Leber | Dreamstime.com, Chinatown © Tupungato | Dreamstime.com, Dancers © Eric Flamant | Dreamstime.com


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LearnChineseB
January 2012
Thanks for the great story on Chinese New Year. We also just published a blog with general info. on what foods, symbols, and customs surround the holiday: http://learnchinesebusiness.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/traditional-chinese-new-year-foods-symbols-customs/
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