London’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations, the biggest in the world outside China, will bring Chinatown to riotous life. The festivities will take place on Saturday 14th February with a parade along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. This begins at 10am, with a Dragon and Lion Dance on a stage in the square from noon until 1.00pm, after which there will be Lion Dances throughout Chinatown until about 5pm.
You can expect Chinatown to go crazy for the day, with New Year-themed decorations, special menus and events at the area’s 100-odd restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, as well as all sorts of food and craft stalls colonising the streets. Back in Trafalgar Square, additional entertainment will include dance and music groups visiting from China and the Chen Brothers flying lion dance team.
Chinese New Year’s Day is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. However, based on the internationally used Gregorian calendar, the date differs each year. The start of the New Year is always between January 21th and February 20th. In 2016 it falls on Monday February 8th and marks the start of The Year of the Monkey.
The officially celebration covers seven days, the 7th to the 13th February 2016. It is a public holiday for the Chinese and usually people have seven consecutive days off work from the eve of the Chinese New Year to the sixth day after New Year’s Day. The most important days of celebration are the Chinese New Year’s Eve, which is the day of family reunions and the Chinese New Year’s Day itself, which is reserved for family visits and New Year greetings.
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