About London Chinese New Year:
Chinese New Year is the biggest festival of the year in Chinese communities. Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac: the Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, and Rabbit.
In the days leading up to the Chinese New Year, people clean their houses, repay debts, buy new clothes and have their hair cut. A celebratory meal is held on the eve of the new year, with many traditional dishes served, and fireworks and firecrackers are let off to see in the new year.
With the start of the new year, Lion Dances pass through the streets to bring good luck to the households and businesses they visit. The drums, gongs and cymbals that accompany the Lion Dance are used to scare away evil and bad luck.
Chinese New Year 2014 Date:
Traditionally, London Chinese New Year celebrations are on the first Sunday after new year's day.
Chinese New Year 2014 falls on 31 January, and the London celebrations are actually being held on Sunday 2 February 2014. This is the Year of the Horse.
The parade starts at 10.15am from Trafalgar Square, and returns to Trafalgar Square at noon, where there will be free entertainment until 6pm.
Why Does The Date Change?
Chinese New Year is based on the lunar and solar calendars so the date varies from late January to mid-February.
Chinatown is specially decorated and there are cultural stalls, food and lion dance displays.
Nearest Tube Stations:
- Leicester Square
- Piccadilly Circus
- Charing Cross
Use Journey Planner to plan your route by public transport.
Organizers: London Chinatown Chinese Association