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Chinese New Year in London 2014

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Chinese Lion - Chinese New Year in London © London Chinatown Chinese Association Chinese performers - Chinese New Year in London © London Chinatown Chinese Association

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 around 10am with a parade along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. At midday, the main stage in Trafalgar Square has lots of free entertainment all afternoon with many visiting artists from China. Also, look out for the lion teams dancing through Chinatown and local artists performing on a stage at the end of Dean Street and traditional food and craft stalls. Be warned, this is a popular free event in the London calendar so there will be big crowds (around 500,000 in 2013).

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:

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

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