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London’s Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square – 22nd February 2015

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2015 is the Year of the Sheep and London Chinese New Year celebrations are centred on Trafalgar Square.
The event starts at 10am with a parade from Duncannon Street to Shaftesbury Avenue. There’ll be floats, Chinese lion and dragon teams and more.

There’ll also be free performances from noon with music, dance, acrobatics and martial arts. Trafalgar Square’s programme will kick off with the Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance, plus a host of visiting artists from China.

There will be fun activities across a wide area, including Charing Cross Road, Leicester Square and Chinatown, making the event one of the capital’s biggest annual outdoor celebrations.

Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival or the “Lunar New Year”.
The source of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors. Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, and also in Chinatowns elsewhere. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese.

Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.” Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.

Chinese New Year is organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association and supported by the Mayor of London and Westminster City Council.

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